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About JCWI

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy.

Chair: Minoo Jalali

Chief Executive: Saira Grant

JCWI’s mission is to promote justice, fairness and equality in immigration and asylum law and policy.

Strategic Objectives

Our work is underpinned by the following strategic objectives:

  • We will challenge laws and policies that infringe rights of migrants, refugees and their families;
  • We will continue to influence the debate on immigration and asylum issues both in the UK and across Europe;
  • We will support others who share our objectives by providing training and guidance;
  • We will stand with our clients providing them with advice, assistance and representations to achieve positive outcomes in their cases.

Services to the Public

Since its inception in 1967 JCWI has helped many thousands of individuals and families who, often in desperate need, have been affected by the unfairness of British immigration and nationality law and policy.

Throughout our history, JCWI has been instrumental in creating partnerships among voluntary and other service providers, becoming an important resource to them. JCWI’s current activities fall under the following headings:

  • policy work and campaigning,
  • legal advice and strategic casework,
  • media work and information dissemination
  • providing legal training to practitioners and others
  • publications of guides, handbooks and other reference materials

On the strength of our expertise in policy and casework, JCWI continues to be an important resource for others who work in this field. We have established ourselves as a leading training provider in immigration, nationality and refugee law and over the years, thousands of trainees have benefited from our training courses.

We produce written materials such as high quality briefings for parliamentarians, campaigners and activists. We regularly post well-researched blog articles on the current issues on our website, some of which are published in national and local newspapers and magazines. We also publish highly acclaimed handbooks and guides for practitioners and other users, the latest being its Guide to the Points-Based System.

Our Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law Handbook is an essential reference book and guide for all legal practitioners, students and advisors, a new edition of which is expected to be published in late 2016.

We are one of the few national organisations in the field that have never sought nor accepted central government funds. JCWI can truly claim to be independent and free from any government influence.

JCWI is needed now more than ever, operating in an environment of highly charged immigration and race debate, and we need your support to help us in our mission.