< Back to directory
Download Entry Print Entry

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants


JCWI is an independent national charity and they deal with all areas of asylum and immigration law.  They work to ensure justice and fairness in immigration, nationality and asylum law and policy and provide direct legal advice and assistance to those affected by UK immigration control.  Their objective is to ensure immigrants and refugees are treated fairly by promoting their human, economic, and civil rights within an international human rights framework.

JCWI undertakes:

  • Legal Advice and Strategic Casework
  • Policy Work and Campaigning,
  • Legal Training for practitioners
  • Publications of guides, handbooks and other reference material.

JCWI deals with all areas of asylum and immigration law.  They have built up expertise over decades of fighting for justice for those who are vulnerable and have particular experience of dealing with complex immigration issues.  They represent clients at all stages of the legal process from entry clearance applications through to appeals and judicial review.

JCWI employs three solicitors who represent clients under their Legal Aid contract as well as representing those individuals who do not qualify for public funding, privately, at very competitive rates. Please refer to the fee structure below for full details of our charges.

They hold an advice surgery on Tuesday mornings between 10am-12noon. They allocate slots in the drop in to people who phone in advance to book their place on a “first come first served” basis. Please phone 020 7251 8708 to book an appointment. For this service they charge a one off fee of £75. The aim of this service is to assist those who cannot afford to pay the full private fees or where they are financially eligble for legal aid but their case is now out of scope and exceptional case funding is not available. Please note that they are unable to provide free advice.

It is possible to arrange fixed-fee appointments with solicitors at other times. Please contact the team for further information.

Undocumented Migrants.  If you are in the UK without documentation and would like free and confidential legal advice then please phone the specialist irregular migrant helpline on:020 7553 7470 between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Foreign National Prisoners.  If you are in prison and need immigration advice please contact the free and confidential helpline on 020 7553 7468 every Wednesday between 10am-11am.

Unison Helpline.  For Unison members they offer free initial advice on all aspects of immigration law, Tuesdays, 10am – 3pm.  Contact unison first & ask them to contact JCWI to arrange a phone call..

Contact Details

020 7251 8708 for general and legal



JCWI, 115 Old Street, London EC1V 9RT

Other Info

Opening times:

Initial Drop-In Interview & Advice (30 - 45 minutes) £75.00 or up to £125 depending on the complexity of the case. Other services are very costly, see website, but Legal Aid is a possibility.

Disabled Access:


Other information:
Registered charity.

Last updated:
22nd May 2018