The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. Asylum law is incredibly complex and the Home Office will decided whether a person is in need of protection or if a person’s human rights are at stake.
Our expert Asylum lawyers have previously assisted clients who have had to leave their country and are unable to return because they have a well-founded fear of persecution. The UK also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights which prevents UK authorities returning an individual to a country where there is a real risk that they will be exposed to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment.
There are also some circumstances where if an individual does not qualify for recognition as an Asylum Seeker, they may be granted temporary permission to stay in the UK which can lead to settlement if there are humanitarian reasons why they should remain in the UK.
Claiming Asylum: Applications to Home Office
Generally, you would claim asylum upon your arrival in the UK or as soon as you think it would be unsafe for you to return to your own country. To be recognised as a refugee, you must be able to provide evidence to demonstrate that:
- You are unable to go back to your home country (if you are stateless, this is the country you usually live in) because you fear persecution (for example due to your race, religion or political opinion);
- You are unable to live safely in any part of your own country; and
- You have failed to get protection from authorities in your own country.
Our qualified immigration solicitors and barristers are experienced in the area of Asylum law and understand that this is an area of law which is largely governed by International Agreements with a high degree of discretion from the Home Office.
Expert UK Immigration Solicitors
If you wish to claim Asylum and believe you have strong evidence to support your claim, you would need to meet with an immigration officer at an ‘Asylum Screening’ to register your claim. After the initial screening, you will be invited to an interview with an immigration officer so they can determine whether you have a claim.
Our solicitors often accompany clients to their interview to ensure that the Home Office follow the correct procedure; we understand Asylum can be daunting and are on hand to provide emotional support.
After your interview, you will be sent a written decision which if negative may be challenged by way of appeal.
If you wish to consider your options of claiming Asylum in the UK, please contact our immigration solicitors today so we can arrange to meet with you and advise you of the steps involved. Our immigration solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and have a strict duty of confidentiality.
We are a UK law firm based in Middle Temple, London and our solicitors are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Contact our professional personal immigration team today and we can offer you a consultation in person or via telephone or Skype so we can explore your options. You can leave us a message on our Contact Form or give us a call on 02071830570.