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Asylum Claim

 What is asylum? 

If you are at risk of being persecuted in your own country, you may go abroad and ask for asylum in another country. Granting ‘asylum’ means giving someone permission to remain in another country because of that risk of persecution.
 
In legal terms, a person who has asked for asylum in the UK and is waiting for a decision on that claim is called an asylum seeker. Someone who has received a positive decision on his or her asylum claim is called a refugee.
 
Although some asylum seekers might enter the UK illegally, once they have applied for asylum they are no longer ‘illegal’. Anyone seeking protection is entitled to stay in the UK while awaiting a decision on their asylum claim.
 
Asylum Application Process:
 
Decisions on asylum and human rights claims made in the UK .  It is not legally possible to apply for asylum from outside the UK. Asylum seekers are protected from removal once they have made an asylum claim and are waiting for a decision.
 
Asylum claims can and should, wherever possible, be made to an immigration officer as soon as an asylum seeker arrives in the UK.  Once a person has passed through immigration control and is inside the UK, he or she must claim asylum at the offices of the UK Border Agency in Croydon (in south London).   
 
In 2007, the Home Office introduced a new process for dealing with asylum claims, called the New Asylum Model (NAM). Each asylum application is assigned to a specific member of UK Border Agency staff  known as a ‘case owner’ who will be responsible for the case.  
 
There will be an initial ‘screening interview’ in which the UK Border Agency takes the personal details of the applicant and their journey to the UK, checks if they have claimed asylum in the UK or Europe before, and gives them a reference number for their application.
 
A few days later the applicant will be asked to attend a ‘first reporting event’ where they will meet the case owner who will deal with their case.
 
The ‘substantive interview’, or ‘asylum interview’, is usually held within the next couple of weeks. This is when the applicant gets an opportunity to describe to the case owner in details what has happened to them and what it is they fear in their own country.
 
Asylum seekers may be asked to attend regular reporting meetings with local UK Border Agency staff at all stages of the asylum process. 
 
After the screening interview, some applicants are taken to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre or Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, where their application is‘fast-tracked’. They are held in detention while a decision is made on their application within seven days.  In these cases the entire decision-making and appeals process can be completed within nine days.
 
How decision is made by UKBA: 
To succeed in an asylum claim, it is necessary to show that:
 
the harmful treatment the person fears amounts to ‘persecution’
the person’s fear of such persecution is ‘well-founded’
the persecution is for one of the five reasons specified in the Convention
the person could not find protection in another part of their country
the person would be at risk of experiencing such persecution in the future if they were returned.
 
What we can do for you?
 
At Rashid and Rashid Solicitors, we will look after your application from start to finish in the best possible way at an amazing low cost.  Your application would undergo the following stages with us:
 
A detail assessment of your case considering your particular circumstances.  
Explaining the procedure and requirements in more depth in the light of your particular circumstances. 
Advising you on all the necessary documents required to satisfy the visa requirement. 
Completing all the relevant forms and other paperwork on your behalf.
Drafting legal grounds in support of your application.
A qualified immigration solicitor and accredited immigration supervisor supervising throughout the conduct of your case.   
Submitting your application to the relevant immigration office.
Keeping you up to date on the progress of your application.
 
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