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Iranian Asylum Seekers UK

If you face persecution in Iran, you may qualify to seek asylum in the UK. It is important to apply upon your arrival in the UK to increase your chances of approval.

At IAS, our attorneys are experts on immigration matters and have assisted many Iranians seeking asylum in the UK. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 for immediate assistance.

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    Overview of the UK Asylum Process

    As an Iranian citizen, you can seek asylum in the UK only when you are in the country. It is not possible to file an asylum claim from outside the UK. This requirement makes the process challenging as the British government frowns upon illegal entry.  It is best to alert the border force at their point of entry and submit your asylum request as soon as you arrive in the UK. 

    Seeking asylum in the UK means asking the government to acknowledge you as a refugee. The refugee status will give you access to protection and public services like education and healthcare provided by the NHS. You will be referred to as an asylum seeker until your refugee status is confirmed.

    Before seeking asylum in the UK, consider other choices for travelling to the UK if you are not sure of getting asylum. You may enter the country through the UK Resettlement Programme, Family Reunion or one of the UK visa programmes.

    Applying for asylum in the UK is difficult and requires careful attention and timely application. Our dedicated professionals at IAS are here to help you at every step of the way. Call us at IAS at +353 061 518 025 today.

    Home Office Fast-Track Scheme for Iraqi and Iranian Asylum Seekers

    The UK Home Office launched a fast-track programme in 2023 to quicken the processing of Iraqi and Iranian asylum claims. However, this scheme is only open to people from Iran or Iraq who claimed asylum before June 2022.

    Eligible candidates get a detailed English questionnaire that must be completed in 30 days. In place of the initial asylum interview, this questionnaire focuses on getting important information about the applicant’s claim. A decision may be made based on the responses to the questionnaire without requiring a thorough in-person interview.

    A shorter processing time for qualified applicants and the possibility of receiving verdicts on asylum applications more quickly are benefits of the fast-track programme. Note that being eligible for this scheme does not guarantee that your asylum application will be granted. You will remain subject to mandatory security checks and other requirements.

    Eligibility and Requirements for UK Asylum Application

    To be granted refugee status and remain in the UK, Iranian claimants must prove their inability to live safely in any part of Iran due to a legitimate concern of persecution. This persecution may stem from various factors, including race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or other issues such as gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

    A claim might not be accepted in certain circumstances, such as when the person is a citizen of an EU country, entered the UK through a “third safe country,” or has ties to a safe third country where they might apply for asylum. A “safe third country” is a country where you are not a citizen and will not face any danger.

    Required Documents for Claiming Asylum in the UK

    During the asylum screening interview, applicants are required to submit supporting documents to prove their claims. Below are the required documents to claim asylum in the UK:

    • Passports and any additional travel documents
    • Identification documents, including identity cards, marriage certificates, birth certificates, and school records
    • Bank statements
    • Housing benefit books
    • Tenancy agreements
    • Council tax notices
    • Household bills

    If you live with another person, proof of permission and the host’s address and identity are required.  Additionally, it’s advisable to include supplementary documents supporting the asylum application. These could be proof of the persecution or discrimination you faced in Iran.

    How to Apply for Asylum in the UK

    To begin the asylum claim process in the UK, applicants must undergo a screening interview conducted by an immigration officer. This face-to-face interview typically occurs either at the UK border upon arrival or later if you are already in the UK and are eligible for asylum.

    During the screening interview, you will have to submit the required documents. Biometric data such as photographs and fingerprints are also collected. Be prepared to answer questions about why you are seeking asylum. If you have dependents, you must inform the asylum intake unit, as their presence may be required during the registration process.

    After the screening, you will await a decision from the UK Home Office. You may receive an asylum registration card unless detained. You may also receive questionnaires to fill out or be scheduled for a face-to-face substantive interview if more information is needed to make a decision.

    During the substantive interview, which is longer and more detailed than the screening, applicants provide evidence for international protection. You will be questioned about your history and persecution in Iran.

    The UK asylum system maintains impartiality and rigorously assesses claims to ensure their validity. Interviews are recorded, and applicants can request a copy. The process aims to provide a fair and thorough evaluation of each asylum claim.

    What Next If Asylum is Granted?

    Once asylum is granted, you will be given refugee status, leading to the termination of asylum support four weeks after the positive decision. People with refugee status or humanitarian protection become eligible to work, study and access other benefits in the UK.

    Successful applicants will receive a residence permit known as a BRP (biometric residence permit), facilitating benefit claims and housing assistance applications. Those transitioning from asylum accommodation are advised to approach their local council promptly upon receiving the Home Office’s decision for relocation assistance.

    Emergency housing may be available for eligible individuals facing homelessness upon leaving asylum housing. Eligibility includes individuals with dependent children, pregnant women and those at risk of domestic abuse.

    What Happens If an Asylum Request is Denied?

    If your application is rejected, you can appeal the decision. Seeking legal representation is advisable for a successful appeal. Appeals should generally be made within two weeks of receiving the rejection letter. 

    The first appeal stage involves interacting with the first-tier tribunal and submitting relevant documentation. You can request a review or a hearing attended by your lawyer. The tribunal may schedule a hearing regardless of the request.

    At the first-tier tribunal, your appeal may be approved or refused. A positive decision doesn’t guarantee asylum but brings you closer to it. If rejected, you can appeal to the Upper Tribunal, your last option for a positive decision.

    If unsuccessful, you will not be forced to return to your home country but will be expected to leave the UK. In some cases, the UK government may send asylum seekers to another country where they may be granted asylum.

    Preparing for the Asylum Interview: Tips and Guidelines

    You have a high chance of success if you thoroughly prepare for the asylum interview. Here are some tips you can follow to prepare for your asylum interview:

    • Show proof of persecution you experienced in Iran, such as official records, witness statements, medical reports, media articles, and photos
    • Translate documents that are not in English and then give certified copies of the originals
    • Practice telling your story in a simple manner 
    • Tell your story honestly and consistently, making sure it fits with the information in your application 
    • Avoid contradictions by preparing thoughtful responses to frequently asked asylum interview questions 
    • Dress appropriately for the interview and conduct yourself with professionalism and decency
    • Arrive on time to show that you are serious and that you respect the process
    • Go for the interview with an interpreter if you cannot communicate clearly in English
    • Maintain your composure and tell the truth throughout the interview  

    Seek advice from an immigration attorney for case review, interview practice, and legal matters. At IAS, we will assist you in preparing for your asylum interview to ensure you get approval. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started.

    We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

    Legal Rights and Protections for Asylum Seekers in the UK

    The UK provides asylum seekers with different legal rights and protections during the asylum process, as domestic and international legislation requires. These measures are intended to protect basic human rights and guarantee fair treatment.

    Asylum seekers are also guaranteed access to professional support and guidance by their entitlement to legal aid and representation during the asylum process. People can appeal to an impartial review in case of a negative ruling. 

    Basic rights, including the freedom from torture, the right to a fair trial, and the right to life are protected under the Human Rights Act of 1998. 

    Support and Resources for Iranian Asylum Seekers in the UK

    It can be challenging to navigate the UK asylum system. However, many resources and organisations can offer helpful assistance. The Refugee Council provides information, advice, and support services for Iranian asylum seekers. 

    The Iranian Association (IA) offer similar services like language instruction, social gatherings, and cultural support. Freedom from Torture is an organisation that focuses on offering assistance to asylum seekers who have suffered torture or other cruel treatment. 

    Financial and housing assistance is also available to asylum seekers. The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) offers basic financial assistance and accommodation while asylum claims are processed. Additionally, local authorities may provide further support, such as housing assistance or social welfare benefits, based on individual circumstances. 

    It is important to seek professional guidance from qualified immigration professionals throughout the asylum process. At IAS, we can assist you in understanding your rights, navigating the system’s complexities, and accessing the support and resources available. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 for support.

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    Challenges Faced by Iranian Asylum Seekers in the UK

    Asylum seekers may face some challenges while applying for asylum in the UK. Since many Iranian asylum seekers speak little English, the language barrier is a challenge. This can make it difficult to communicate clearly with authorities, solicitors, and support organisations, which makes it difficult to understand the asylum process and communicate experiences.

    Cultural differences can contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness, making it harder to adapt to new social norms and integrate into society. Getting resources and assistance can be another challenge. For Iranian asylum seekers, the complexity of the asylum process combined with formalities like deadlines and requirements can be discouraging. 

    Furthermore, a lack of knowledge of available resources may make receiving healthcare and other important services difficult. As a result, competent legal counsel is necessary to navigate the asylum process successfully.

    Our expert immigration attorneys at IAS will guide you through the process. We will provide all the assistance you need to make the process easier and overcome challenges. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 for assistance.

    How Can IAS Help?

    At IAS, our dedicated team is committed to guiding you through every step of the asylum application process in the UK. Our experts offer professional assistance to help you navigate the complexities of asylum law and ensure your case is presented effectively. 

    Because we understand the urgency of asylum cases, we provide emergency support, including swift access to legal counsel. Our attorneys are available to represent you in asylum interviews, ensuring that your case is effectively communicated to immigration authorities.

    From preparing your application to representing you in interviews and appeals, we provide comprehensive support for individual circumstances. Work with us today to benefit from our expertise and increase your chances of a successful asylum claim in the UK.  

    Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online to book a consultation.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom have been the most popular destinations for most Iranian refugees.

    The UK asylum system has a large backlog of unprocessed claims. As a result, it may take over a year to make a decision.

    No, asylum seekers in the UK are prohibited from working while their claims are being processed.

    Yes, Iranians can live in the UK legally with proper authorisation via visas, refugee status, British citizenship, or settled status.

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