South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice

SYRLJ is a small voluntary organisation which has been providing legal help for refused asylum seekers since 2011. This includes research, advice, referral and fresh protection or family life claims. SYRLJ is based in The Sanctuary, Sheffield, a vibrant new centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and refugee support organisations.

Immigration and Asylum Legal Advice

Experienced immigration adviser

5 days (35 hours) per week

We would also welcome applicants interested in applying for this role as a job share

Please note: in addition to individual applications we would be willing to consider secondments from firms working in immigration law.

Salary £25,000 to £30,000 according to experience

South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice is seeking an experienced immigration adviser to take forward our work in representing refused asylum seekers.

SYRLJ provides detailed research, intensive casework and legal advice. We investigate cases thoroughly and imaginatively with the aim of establishing a legal route forward to obtain status wherever possible. We focus on fresh claims for international protection, Article 8 and statelessness applications.

We are based in The Sanctuary, Sheffield, a centre of welcome for refugees, asylum seekers, and refugee support organisations. We are registered at OISC level 3, and have a small dedicated staff team. We work closely with ASSIST Sheffield and the British Red Cross, are embedded in the local community and network of voluntary organisations, and have strong relationships with legal practitioners and the University of Sheffield Law Department, who recruit our student volunteers.

In the context of legal aid restrictions and the hostile environment, we have been reviewing the direction of our work. We now have one year’s funding to enhance and develop our casework. We are looking for an experienced legal adviser to take a caseload and to contribute to the strategic direction of SYRLJ’s work with refused asylum seekers.

Currently we are working remotely due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We have daily online team meetings and are keeping working methods under frequent review.

Our new funding is immediate, and so we are seeking a qualified person who can make an early start. Please send expressions of interest by letter with a c.v. to info@syrlj.org.uk by 5 p.m. Sunday 2nd August 2020.

Interviews will take place (via zoom) on week commencing 10th August 2020.

The Job and Person Specification is available here.

For further information about our work please consult or most recent Annual Report available here.

Funding for this post is partly from a one year grant from the Lloyds Foundation and consequently the post is initially available for 12 months. We are actively seeking continued funding.

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