What is asylum?
Seeking asylum in the UK is the process by which an individual, and his/her family members, seek to gain refugee status in the UK. Refugee status is usually sought in the UK if you fear returning to your country due to a particular reason. A claim for asylum must be made in person but can be supported by written representations.
Am I eligible to claim asylum?
To claim asylum in the UK you must be present in the UK and have genuine reasons to fear that it would be unsafe for you return to your own country. Your reasons for fearing returning back to your country must be based on one of the following:
- Political opinion
- Membership of a particular social group that puts you at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country, e.g. your gender, gender identity, sexual orientation
To make a successful claim for asylum you will also need to address and satisfy the conditions that:
- You are unable to live in any part of your country
- You have failed, or are unlikely to get, protection from the authorities in your country
When should I apply?
If you genuinely fear returning to your country for one of the reasons mentioned above, then you must make your claim for asylum as soon as possible. Any delay in making your claim for asylum could prejudice your claim and result in it being rejected. If there has been a delay, UK Visa and Immigration are likely to question and investigate your reasons for not making a claim for asylum earlier. If your reasons are not considered to be plausible in the circumstances of your case, these could severely compromise your prospects of making a successful claim.
Here is a diagram that explains the asylum process from the claim to the decision. The Asons immigration department can guide you through the legal aspects of this:
Call the immigration department at Asons Solicitors on 01204 894 866 between 9am and 5pm and we can help you with your asylum application.