Claiming Asylum

To be claiming asylum in the UK, you must have left your country of residence and be unable to return due to a fear of persecution. This can because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.

At IAS, we host a team of expert immigration advisers, with offices around the country. We can offer urgent, fast and comprehensible advice for all your asylum issues. Our immigration lawyers can meet with you immediately to provide you with asylum help wherever you are.

Our services include high-quality translation services and thorough document checks.

One of our lawyers will work with you to ensure that your asylum application is completed to the highest standard before we submit it. He/she will also prepare a cover letter, called a Letter of Representation, to support your asylum claim. This letter will contain details of your case and cite immigration laws which support it. We will also liaise with the Home Office while your application is being processed.

We understand the urgency involved with claiming asylum. Our lawyers will work quickly and efficiently, ensuring your chances of success are maximised. Get in touch now on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online to speak to one of our lawyers to get expert asylum help.

Claiming asylum FAQs

Claiming asylum – am I eligible?

In order for you to be granted asylum and recognised as a refugee in the UK, you need to show that you have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.

The act or acts of persecution must be committed by the state or by groups of individuals, which the state cannot or will not control.

You must also ensure that you are claiming asylum from within the UK or at the UK border.

More on the claiming asylum process.

What is the Family Reunion Programme?

People who flee to the UK can include any dependants in their asylum application where they have travelled with them.

If, however, your family has been left behind and you have been recognised as a refugee or given humanitarian protection in the UK, pre-existing family (husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner, plus any children under 18) can apply to enter the UK for asylum under the Family Reunion Programme.

Other family members may be considered for compassionate reasons.

I need more information on Human Rights Asylum applications?

If you do not qualify for refugee status you may still be permitted to stay temporarily in the UK for humanitarian reasons under a human rights application. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, a person should not be returned to a country where there is a real risk that they will be exposed to torture, inhumane/degrading treatment or punishment.

If your application for asylum is successful or you are granted leave for humanitarian reasons, you will be given permission to stay in the UK for an initial period of five years. You can then apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

What is the Gateway Protection Programme?

In addition to the normal procedure for claiming asylum, the Gateway Protection Programme, operated by the Home Office in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is designed to resettle especially vulnerable refugees.

The programme allows for up to 750 refugees to settle in the UK each year. Applications for resettlement under this programme are made via the UNHCR who then refer the matter to the Home Office. Each application will be assessed on its own individual merits including refugee status, need for resettlement, security risks, family status, health and the health of dependants. Under the Gateway Protection Programme, refugees are granted Permanent Residence in the UK immediately.

What is Discretionary Leave to Remain?

If you do not qualify as a refugee or for humanitarian protection, you may be eligible for Discretionary Leave to Remain although this is only given in limited circumstances.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

If you have your Asylum application refused and you are not recognised or granted protection as a refugee in the UK, you may have a right of appeal or judicial review to the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.

At the end of any appeals process you will be expected to voluntarily return to your country of origin/residence otherwise you risk an order for enforced removal. This may involve your arrest and detention in a secure centre, also known as an Immigration Removal Centre until you are required to leave. The asylum lawyers at IAS can provide emergency advice wherever you are being detained.

If your appeal rights have been exhausted but you have new evidence about your case or there has been a change of circumstance in your home country then you may be able to make further submissions to the UK Home Office seeking a fresh asylum claim.

How can IAS help?

Here at IAS, we can assist with all claims for asylum and humanitarian protection in the UK including help completing an asylum application, visits for detainees and representation for appeals and reviews in the event of an asylum refusal. One of our highly-qualified lawyers will guide you through your claiming asylum process.

We will check your eligibility for asylum and support you throughout your application process. Our services include:

  • checking your documents to ensure that they are sufficient for your application;
  • preparing a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This letter outlines the details of your case and gives reasons for which your application ought to be accepted by the Home Office;
  • liaising with the Home Office during your application process;
  • completing each part of your application form to a professional standard.

Get in touch today on 0333 363 8577 or use our online enquiry form to get access to a specialist asylum lawyer who can guide you through the process of claiming asylum in the UK.

Our Asylum Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals


Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible


Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline


Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals


Our asylum specialists

Our lawyers are experienced in supporting and making asylum claims and offer advice, full application assistance and appeal help. If you are looking for help, come to us. We offer free support to all asylum-seekers who qualify for asylum support.

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