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Applying for asylum

Applying for asylum

apply for asylumYou will increase the chances of your application being accepted if you apply for asylum at the earliest possible opportunity. Contact our immigration solicitors now if you need to make an application immediately.  

Here we will briefly outline all the stages of an application for asylum. For information about how to proceed with your case, contact one of our fee earners who will be able to advise what the next step you should take will be.

Mr Hasani also works for Duncan Lewis Solicitors and they have a Category 1 Franchise in Immigration from the Legal Aid Agency. Duncan Lewis has a team of over 180 immigration solicitors and lawyers who are able to advise and assist in all aspects in presenting your asylum application This means that they can apply to the government to fund your case if you do not have the means to do so. If you are eligible for government funding you will not have to pay for any service they provide during your application for asylum.

Screening

The first part of the asylum application process is an interview with the immigration authorities at the Croydon detention centre. At this interview you will be given the opportunity to explain why you need asylum. Your identity documents, if you have them, will be kept by the authorities until the end of the application process, at which stage they will be returned to you.

If, at this stage, your case is considered straight-forward it may be categorised a Detained Fast Track (DFT) case. If your case is put in the DFT you will be detained while the decision to grant you asylum is considered. (Please note that the DFT has now been suspended) If your case is not suitable for the DFT process it will be sent to an immigration decision making team in the area of the UK you are currently staying in. Before you leave the centre you will be given an Application Registration Card with your photo and details on it. This is so you have a piece of ID to prove you are an asylum seeker. If you are an asylum seeker under the age of 18 (minor) our Immigration and Asylum solicitors will be able to attend your screening interview with you.

First Meeting
After your screening the immigration authorities will schedule a first meeting for you and your case owner. This will usually take place less than 1 week after your screening. Your case owner will be a representative from the UK Border Agency who will be responsible for your asylum application. At this meeting they will explain the application process to you and collect your identity documents from you if you were unable to provide them at the screening.

Asylum Interview
At the asylum interview your reasons for coming to the UK to seek asylum will be heard and examined in details. If you do not attend this interview your application for asylum will be refused. It will take place about 1 week after the first meeting.  In limited circumstances our Immigration lawyers may be able to attend the interview with you.

Putting your case forward

Our immigration solicitors will be able to advise and assist you on gathering evidence in support of your application. This can be in the form of medical reports, psychiatric reports and evidence of human rights atrocities in the country of your origin.

Application outcome
The immigration authorities will try to make a decision regarding your status 1 month after you made the application for asylum. This can sometimes be delayed. Your representative from our firm will be able to follow up the progress of your application and inform you when a decision has been made.

If you wish to make an asylum application please contact one of our immigration lawyers now to discuss your case.

If you do not meet the requirements to be granted asylum you may still be allowed to stay in the UK if you need to stay here to protect your human rights. We have a team of immigration solicitors and human rights lawyers who can present your case expertly on your behalf and ensure your application is dealt with correctly by the authorities. Our team of immigration solicitors and Immigration lawyers can also advise you on submitting an appeal against a refusal of your Human Rights Application. Legal Aid may be available in limited circumstances for your Human Rights Application

Human Rights Application

If you do not meet the requirements to be granted asylum you may still be allowed to stay in the UK if you need to stay here to protect your human rights. We can present your case expertly on your behalf and ensure your application is dealt with correctly by the authorities. We can also advise you on submitting an appeal against a refusal of your Human Rights Application. Legal Aid may be available in limited circumstances for your Human Rights Application but not through Oliver & Hasani Solicitors.

Forced marriages
If you are being brought to the UK for the purposes or result of a forced marriage the authorities will be able to provide you with the protection and support you need to either be safely returned home or settled into the UK if your human rights are at risk of being violated.

Abuse victims
If you are suffering abuse we have lawyers trained to help you in emergency situations. If your safety is at risk our immigration solicitors can act urgently to ensure you are protected from further harm.

Appeals

 If your application for asylum is refused you have the right to appeal. This will give you the chance to provide new information that was not previously available. The deadline for submitting an appeal is very strict and in fast track cases, can be very soon after your application for asylum is refused.

Asylum and Human Rights

If you have been forced to leave your country and are unable to return because you fear you will be persecuted for your race, religion, nationality or political opinion, you will be allowed to stay in the UK and integrate into life in Britain if the authorities find your claims to be credible. We specialise on asylum law and we would be able to talk you through the process, advise you on what proof you will need to provide – if you are able to – and make the application for asylum on your behalf.

 You may be in a position where you do not qualify for asylum but you need to stay in the UK so that your human rights are protected. In this instance one of our human rights lawyers will be able to examine your case and help you obtain the right to stay in the UK until you are able to return home.

Public Law

The decisions of public bodies, where there is no other right of appeal, are susceptible to judicial review. Mr Hasani has a vast experience in all aspects of judicial review, including obtaining emergency orders and other interim relief to prevent breaches of human rights, following up judicial reviews with actions for damages in Upper Tribunal, the County and High Court and successfully pursuing judicial review matters to the Court of Appeal.

Private Clients

At your first meeting you will be told how we calculate our charges. Whenever possible we will give you a detailed breakdown of the estimated total costs, whether these are our own fees or for an external resource such as a barrister or expert. We require your authority to make these payments, known as disbursements, to other people on your behalf.

In litigation matters you may be able to recover your costs from the opposing party if you win your case.

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