Hackney Migrant Centre runs a face-to-face service for immigration and housing advice. We are open to any migrants who want advice, regardless of current immigration status. To access this service you must book an appointment.

To book an appointment call 07961 014182 between 10am and 11:30am, on Mondays only. During the call we will give you an appointment for a face-to-face assessment which will be in Hackney on Wednesday of the same week.

Please note the phone line is usually very busy and will remain open only until all appointments are booked for that week. We prioritise supporting those who are unable to pay independently for legal advice and we may not be able to offer everyone who phones an appointment.

If you enquiry is not urgent please send us a message via the Contact Us page.

Other sources of advice

Please find a list of other services are available by clicking here. However, bear in mind that as a result of the coronavirus outbreak services may alter and may no longer be open. If you are able to afford to pay a solicitor, please take a look at this list of private solicitors

Our advice service offers free advice and casework on:

  • Immigration
  • Homelessness and insecure housing, including destitution cases with “no recourse to public funds” (NRPF)
  • Poverty relief, including food bank vouchers and small grants
  • Health advocacy, for help with access to NHS services, GP registration and problems with NHS charges.

Important information

If you are attending the drop-in it is very important to bring with you any documents you have about your immigration status, including refusal letters and tribunal decisions, as this will help our advisers.

If you need immigration advice, and you have been to the First-Tier Tribunal before, you must bring the decision from that hearing, otherwise we cannot advise you. If you do not have it, you can call the Tribunal’s customer service line and get them to send it to you.

If you come to Hackney Migrant Centre for immigration or housing advice, please bring 6 months’ worth of bank statements with you, if you have a bank account.

We offer everyone who accesses our service, a free, nutritious, cooked meal and a safe and welcoming environment. We do not provide casework on benefit issues, debt, employment or mental health support, but will offer limited support and signposting to relevant services