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Access to Justice - Immigration Casework

RMC offer free, comprehensive immigration OISC-Level 2 accredited casework and support with:

  • Further submissions for refused asylum seekers
  • Applications for settlement (ILR)
  • Applications for Family Reunion (refugees)
  • Travel document applications
  • Residency applications for EU nationals and their family members
  • Entry clearance applications for family members
  • Assistance for those in detention
  • Securing access to public funds for those with no recourse to them (NRPF)
  • Lodging appeals to the First-Tier tribunal.
  • Dealing with solicitors or finding legal representation.

This service can be accessed by anyone regardless of immigration status.

Housing, destitution and homelessness

RMC offers a range of support for those with housing :

  • Pre-tenancy workshops (private and social housing)-making clients aware of their rights and responsibilities as tenants.
  • Supporting homeless people with finding accommodation and providing intense support with sustaining tenancies
  • Supporting tenants facing illegal eviction and exploitation.
  • Outreach work: surgeries in key parts of the city, surgeries at local community centres, churches, night shelters.
  • Working closely with local authorities and partners to support homeless, rough sleeping and destitute clients
  • Support around rent arrears –both social housing and private rented sector.
  • Working with social services on safeguarding issues.
  • Providing food, clothes and emergency financial support for genuinely destitute clients
  • Assisting clients who are willing to go back to their families in home countries with re-connection.
  • Working closely with various foreign embassies in order to get travel documents/passports for client.

Citizenship Preparation

RMC offers comprehensive support throughout the citizenship process:

  • Life in the UK test workshops and revision.
  • ESOL support in preparation for test
  • Applications for naturalisation.
  • Applications for registration of children as British citizen
  • British passport applications.

Employment, Education and Training

RMC offer a tailored support package helping people move towards achieving their personal goals in life:

  • Employment advice
  • Gaining the skills and confidence to engage in the wider community
  • Improving their spoken English, or gaining the ability to access online services for their selves.

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Health Services

RMC help clients accessing and understanding Health Services via a tailored service offering:

  • Registration with GP’s Dentists and opticians
  • Monthly Latent TB clinics for eligible clients, in partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
  • Low level mental health course ‘5 ways to well-being’
  • Advice offered at New Cross Hospital on how to correctly use NHS Choose Well services, to reduce unnecessary A&E attendance.
  • Help and advice offered on issues around Health charging.

Asylum Support

RMC supports asylum seekers with:

  • Applying for asylum support
  • Appealing the refusal and discontinuation of support
  • Challenging inadequate provision
  • ASPEN card problems
  • Guidance through move-on period following discontinuation of support
  • Both Section 95 and Section 4 support is provided.

Asylum support is provided to those who are waiting for a decision on their asylum claim in the UK. People will receive a support payment of £37.75 per person through an ASPEN card as well as access to accommodation. In the West Midlands housing to asylum seekers is provided by G4S.

Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) for Syrian Refugees

RMC works with the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) to support vulnerable Syrians refugees. We deliver this in Wolverhampton and Walsall. This includes:

  • Comprehensive support with all settlement and integration matters including housing, welfare, health, education and employment.
  • Pre-arrival information to identify support needs for each individual producing initial Needs and Risk Assessments
  • Working closely with all local partners to compile an action plan for the first month post arrival and the consequent tailored support required

Welfare

RMC provides advice and guidance with welfare and benefits entitlements:

  • Assisting with making applications for benefits and ensuring that the correct level of entitlements are paid to applicants.
  • Working closely with the Welfare Rights Service at City of Wolverhampton Council to provide representation to those appealing refusal of benefits.

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