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A successful claim for asylum leads to refugee status in the UK. In order to be recognised as a refugee you will need to show that you are unable to return to your own country because you have a well-founded fear that you will be persecuted in your country of origin because of your race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
If you are unable to show this but have made a case that it would not be safe for you to return home, you may qualify for some other form of leave to remain here such as humanitarian protection.
Advice on seeking asylum in the UK
It is crucial that your application is as detailed as possible and supported by all the available evidence. This is to show the Home Office that you are credible and that your fear of return is well-founded. A carefully prepared application has the best chance of avoiding the delay and uncertainty of any appeal process. It also gives you the best chance of securing refugee status, allowing you to be safe in the UK. Failure to provide such an application can lead to refusal, and ultimately removal to your country of origin.
We want to make sure you start your case with the best foundations; avoiding later accusations by the Home Office of making up stories after your interview. Therefore, we strongly recommend preparing a detailed witness statement to give to the Home Office before your substantive asylum interview.
The Home Office provides Guidance provides further information on asylum policy and humanitarian protection. However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.
Expert immigration advice
Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional), not only that your application may be refused but you may also be banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.
Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice on asylum in the UK, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.
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