Private Asylum Overview
An Asylum seeker facing persecution in their home country finds refuge in the UK. The very essence of this process traces back to the principles established in the 1951 Refugee Convention.
To have a successful claim, it’s paramount that the claimant can prove a genuine risk of persecution in their home country.
This persecution can be by either government agencies or non-governmental entities, with the critical aspect being that the national government can’t provide sufficient protection against such threats. Race, religion, political stance, nationality, or affiliation to a particular social group must be related to such persecution.
Initiating the asylum claim has its requirements. One can only apply for UK asylum once they’re physically present in the UK.
It’s essential to start this process at the earliest opportunity after arrival. Some individuals might stake their asylum claim right upon entry, while others might consider claiming asylum later due to personal circumstances or evolving situations back home.
It’s worth noting that family members can be integrated into the primary asylum claim as dependents, or they have the option to stake individual claims.
The decision to seek asylum is often rooted in dire circumstances and a desperate need for safety. If you’re contemplating this route in the UK, understanding the criteria and the process is paramount.
It’s vital to assess and measure if your situation aligns with internationally recognised criteria for asylum. Consider the following:
- Does your home country pose immediate threats, pushing you towards seeking refuge?
- Are there factors, like your race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs, instilling a profound fear of persecution upon your return?
- Is the infrastructure of your homeland declining, compromising its ability to maintain security and order?
- Are you left unprotected by your home country’s authorities against looming threats?
Suppose you identify with any of the scenarios listed, and your circumstances resonate with the guidelines set by the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the European Convention on Human Rights of 1950. In that case, you can be recognised as a refugee in the UK.
Delaying your asylum application can be detrimental, elevating the risk of your claim being dismissed by the authorities. You’ll be granted refugee status once the Home Office thoroughly reviews and endorses your application.
What to do if You Don’t Qualify for Legal Aid:
Getting through the asylum process without legal aid can be challenging, but there are several avenues available for those unable to secure such assistance.
Private representation is a viable route if you’re not eligible for legal aid. Birmingham Immigration Lawyers stand out for their expertise in asylum claims.
Though there might be apprehensions about costs, the long-term benefits of expert legal guidance can significantly influence your application’s outcome.
For those who do not meet the criteria of the UN Refugee Convention, the avenue of Humanitarian Protection offers a 5-year residence in the UK. Following this, applicants can aim for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Per the European Convention on Human Rights, individuals shouldn’t be sent back to regions where threats of life, torture, or degrading treatments loom.
In instances where refugee status applications are turned down, Discretionary Leave to Remain alongside your application for Humanitarian Protection option is available.
However, Birmingham Immigration Lawyers caution that it’s granted in exceptional scenarios.
Immediate Legal Representation
It’s imperative to secure legal representation promptly, preferably before or immediately after initiating an asylum claim. Legal Aid funding is typically available, ensuring applicants need expert guidance to navigate this terrain.
Detailed Initial Screening
The initial screening interview with the Home Office is more than a routine procedure. Personal details, the journey to the UK, previous asylum claims, and other vital aspects are discussed. A reference number for the application is also provided. With a lawyer by your side, you’re better prepared to handle this crucial step.
The Asylum Interview
This is your opportunity to describe your experiences and articulate the reasons for seeking asylum. It’s essential to present your case compellingly and accurately. Legal representation ensures your narrative is readable, highlighting all critical points.
A successful asylum claim leads to either refugee status or humanitarian protection. Both grant a 5-year permission to live in the UK, followed by an opportunity to settle. There are cases where potential human rights breaches may result in a 10-year route to settlement. If denied, there’s a right of appeal. A lawyer helps navigate these outcomes, ensuring you efficiently understand and exercise your requests.
The Birmingham Immigration Lawyers ensure that your asylum claim process is transparent and efficient. Remember, it’s not just about the law—it’s about ensuring your rights, safety, and future. Ready to take action? Call 0121 667 6530.
Fees To Hire an Asylum Lawyer
Hiring an asylum lawyer is crucial in ensuring a thorough and well-prepared asylum application. However, it’s important to note that the fees associated with this professional service can vary widely based on several factors.
The cost of hiring an asylum lawyer varies considerably based on the case’s complexity. Each asylum case is unique, with its own set of challenges, and the amount of work required by the lawyer will reflect this. Some cases might be straightforward, requiring minimal documentation and time.
Others, however, might be more complex, necessitating extensive research, gathering multiple documents, and more extended periods of consultation and preparation.
At Birmingham Immigration Lawyers, we offer transparent pricing without unexpected charges. After a free consultation to understand your situation, we’ll give a fixed quote tailored to your case. For a detailed estimate and expert guidance, call us at 0121 667 6530.
At Birmingham Immigration Lawyers, our dedicated team of asylum solicitors are equipped to assist in a myriad of situations:
- Guiding you through the initial asylum application process.
- Representing and supporting if your initial application faces rejection.
- Assisting individuals detained during the asylum process.
- Navigating the complexities of SoS applications, Tribunal-related bails, and Bail Renewals.
- Advocating for fresh claims by presenting new evidence or circumstances.
- Helping in procuring permission to work in the UK during your asylum review.
- Securing necessary travel documentation.
- Addressing issues such as lost, stolen, or error-filled Biometric Residence Permits (BRP).
- Ensuring families have the optimal chance of reunion through application or appeal.
- Elevating cases to higher courts when required.
- Meticulously preparing cases and representing clients when challenging legal errors in decisions.
Reach out to reach out to us at 0121 667 6530 or enquire online, and let us guide you every step of the way on your asylum journey. We’re here to provide the expert assistance you need.
Last modified on October 23rd, 2023 at 6:45 am
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