Who we are
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit exists to ensure access to justice for people living in the local community who are survivors of torture, trafficking, abuse and conflict as well as divided families and others who are in need and affected by immigration controls.
What We Do
We provide free, confidential and independent specialist legal immigration and asylum advice and representation to people seeking entry or leave to remain in the UK.
We have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to provide the service free to people who qualify for assistance under the Legal Help scheme, and we have a contract with Manchester City Council to provide an integrated immigration advice service to people who live in Manchester. Please see the menu on the left hand side for further details.
We also raise funds to represent people who are not eligible for Legal Aid for a number of reasons but who are very vulnerable. This includes young people, people who are destitute or women who are claiming asylum and who have been subject to violence.
GMIAU is a Registered Charity 112390 and Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England 2838845
Isa Muaza E-Petition
(28 Nov 2013)
We are distressed and saddened to hear that Isa Muaza's appeal to be released from detention was refused by the Court of Appeal on 25 November 2012. Isa Muaza's condition is critical. Click here to sign the e-petition
Interviews - Committed to Represent
(28 Oct 2013)
Our exhibition 'Committed to Represent' was shown at Z-arts in Refugee Week 2013 and at the Manchester Museum as part of the PLatforma refugee arts conference. It featured the lives of former GMIAU clients who had been successful in gaining refugee status and had made a new life for themselves in Manchester. It also featured some of the GMIAU caseworkers whose work had made this possible. Read the interviews here