Free Legal Service
Welcome to Nasc’s Free Legal Service.
Here you can find information on our Drop-in Legal Clinic as well as news and updates directly from the Legal Team. Click on an item in the list below to go straight to the information you are looking for:
Nasc operates a free drop-in service providing legal advice and information about any immigration-related queries at our office at 35 Mary Street, Cork. For a map and directions, click here.
Alternatively, for referral or advice over the telephone, please contact Nasc at 021 4317411 and leave a message for the legal team. If you are a victim of domestic violence or otherwise concerned for your safety you may call us in confidence for an appointment outside drop-in hours.
We receive no government funding and rely completely on private donations. While we offer our service free of charge to those who cannot pay, we would appreciate a donation of between €10 and €100 when you visit the legal clinic. If you can afford to give more, we would be very grateful for a bigger donation. If you cannot afford to pay now or can only offer a small amount, please do not hesitate to attend the clinic anyway.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately due to our limited resources, we are only able to deal with certain immigration-related issues in drop in. For a list of what issues we do and do not deal with, please click here. This list also includes contact details with other organisations that may be able to offer you assistance.
2. When is the Drop-in Clinic open?
Please note that from Monday 11 June 2012, the Free Legal Service Drop-in Clinic hours will change. Drop-in will no longer be available on Monday afternoons.
- Our drop-in service works on a first come first served basis and numbers are limited. You will not have a specific appointment with any particular member of Nasc’s legal team. We therefore recommend arriving early – our doors open at 9 in the morning and then again at 2pm after lunch.
- Unfortunately we are only able to deal with certain immigration-related issues in drop-in. For a list of the issues we do and do not deal with in drop in, click here.
- When you arrive, let the receptionist know that you would like to attend drop-in. The receptionist will then take your name and add it to the list.
- Take a seat in our waiting area. Tea and coffee making facilities are available. There is also a play area at the back of the office where parents with children may wait. Please note that if you do bring your children with you, you or another responsible adult will need to stay with them at all times.
- When your turn comes around, one of the legal team will come to the waiting area to call you and bring you to their office for a private, confidential, one-on-one legal consultation.
- If English is not your first language and you have difficulty communicating, you may bring an adult friend or family member along to assist you by interpreting. If you are unable to find somebody to help, please contact us before coming to the office and we will try to assist.
- Towards the end of your consultation, we may arrange for you to return to the office for a follow-up appointment at a later date.
- INIS announce delays in re-entry visa applications for 3rd week of June 2013
- Nasc is moving! Legal clinics and drop in will be closed 17 June – 5 July 2013
For more information about the areas in which we work as well as to inform yourself about your rights either before or after attending our legal clinic, please visit our Know Your Rights page.