London Solicitor Asylum
Are you or someone you know looking to apply for asylum because you fear persecution in your own home country?
A person seeking asylum is defined by the Refugee Council as someone who has lodged an application for protection on the basis of the Refugee Convention or Article 3 of the ECHR.
Section 113 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 defines an asylum claim as:
a claim made by a person to the Secretary of State at a place designated by the Secretary of State that to remove the person from or require him to leave the United Kingdom would breach the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Refugee Convention.
To claim asylum, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you fear persecution. The 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees sets out that asylum seekers must show that they have a well‐founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group, and are unable or unwilling to seek protection from the authorities in their own country.
The process for asylum seekers is as follows:
- Making an asylum claim;
- Screening interview;
- Asylum interview;
- Further grounds;
- Lodge appeal.
Asylum claims must be made in person at the port of entry, or by appointment at the Asylum Screening Unit.
Once a claim is made, there will be a screening process which will include the taking of fingerprints, a screening interview, and the applicant will be given an Application Registration Card.
After the initial screening process, an asylum claim is then referred to the Asylum Routing Team who will allocate the claim to a regional team who will then handle the matter.
Thereafter there will be an asylum interview. Further details on the asylum interview process are at the following link.
You will also be given the opportunity to file a statement in support of a claim which is known as a Section 120 Statement.
The Home Office will then make a decision thereafter, and the Home Office policy is that claims should be dealt with within 6 months of an application being made.
If an application for asylum is refused, an appeal can be lodged at the First Tier Tribunal. The time limit for making an appeal is 14 days if you are in the country, and 28 days after the date of departure if you are out of the country.
There may be further requirements to meet depending on your specific circumstances.
Please call us for more information and/or advice on 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email to see how we can help you.
At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, our Immigration Solicitors are passionate about the work they do on behalf of their clients. They are able to deal with a wide range of matters concerning asylum based categories. Whether it is an application for entry clearance or leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain, our Immigration Solicitors can help you.
Our Immigration Solicitors have the experience and expertise to handle any applications concerning asylum based categories. At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, we will endeavour to ensure that your application is prepared carefully in accordance with the relevant Immigration laws including Appendix FM and that is submitted to the Home Office in a timely manner.
How we can help you
For a majority of our immigration matters, we charge a fixed fee.
It is our usual practice to require any fees that are payable for work to be done on your behalf to be paid in advance before any work is carried out. This means that you must pay before any work is started, including applications that need to be submitted to the Home Office or for any appeals that need to be lodged with the First‐tier Tribunal.
However, we do understand that not everyone will be able to pay in this manner. That is why we offer flexible payment options for individual clients.
For a confidential consultation to speak with us about how we can help you about your immigration matter, please call us on 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email.
We are happy to discuss your immigration matter with you over the telephone initially so that you can decide before what you want to do or how you wish to proceed. If you are interested in seeking more information and/or advice and want to see us for an appointment in person, we ask for an initial payment on account of £150.00 to be made in advance to us after which an appointment is arranged with one of our Immigration Solicitors.
If you do instruct us and proceed ahead with the making of any application or appeal, this initial payment will be taken off the cost of the matter that we deal with on your behalf. However, in the event that you do not proceed and instruct us on any matter, then the initial payment will cover the cost of the appointment and will be non‐refundable.