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Claiming Asylum or Refuge Status in UK

Claiming Asylum in the UK to get Refugee Status

To meet the criteria for asylum and international protection, you must show that your country of origin cannot or will not offer you adequate protection from persecution should you be compelled to return

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The asylum claim process in the UK involves a series of questions aimed at assessing the applicant’s eligibility for refugee status. These questions cover a range of topics, including personal identity, reasons for seeking asylum, experiences of persecution in the applicant’s home country, details of the journey to the UK, encounters with authorities, and any supporting evidence for the asylum claim.
Additionally, questions may focus on the applicant’s understanding of asylum procedures and their ability to communicate effectively in English or through interpretation services. Throughout the process, applicants may encounter inquiries from immigration officers, legal representatives, and asylum caseworkers, all designed to gather comprehensive information to determine the validity of their asylum claims.

Asylum screening is a process where a specially trained officer checks who you are and asks you some questions. They’ll ask simple questions about you, like your name and where you’re from. They’ll also ask why you’re asking for asylum, which means why you’re scared to go back to your own country. Additionally, they’ll ask if there are any rules or things that might stop you from getting asylum. These rules are called “bars.” The officer wants to make sure you’re eligible for asylum and understand your situation well. This step helps decide if you can move forward with your asylum request.

After your asylum screening interview, you’ll receive an Application Registration card (ARC card). This card serves as official proof that you’ve applied for asylum in the UK. It includes your basic information and a photograph, helping authorities identify you as an asylum seeker.
The ARC card is essential for accessing certain services and benefits while your asylum application is being processed. It’s important to keep your ARC card safe and carry it with you at all times, as you may be asked to present it in various situations. Additionally, the ARC card typically needs to be renewed periodically, so it’s crucial to stay informed about any updates or requirements related to your asylum status.

Your asylum interview, also known as the ‘substantive interview,’ is a crucial part of your refugee status application. During this interview, you have the opportunity to present your case to a representative from the Home Office. The decision regarding your application largely depends on the information you provide during this interview. It’s essential to attend your interview as scheduled because missing it could result in your application being rejected.

If the Home Office believes your story and evidence, and agrees that you require protection in the UK, they will make a positive decision on your asylum claim. This means you’ll be allowed to stay in the UK legally, which is often referred to as being granted “immigration status,” “permission to stay in the UK,” or simply getting “papers.” This decision ensures your safety and security while residing in the UK.

To appeal against the Home Office’s decision to deny your asylum application, you can follow a specific process. First, you need to complete the IAFT-5 form, which outlines the grounds of your appeal. This form can be filled out either online or on paper. Once you’ve completed the form and set out your grounds of appeal, you’ll lodge the appeal with the appropriate authorities. After lodging the appeal, the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) will register it and assign an appeal number. This begins the formal process of reviewing your case and considering your appeal against the Home Office’s decision.

Eligible Claim asylum in the UK

In order to qualify for asylum and international protection,You can claim asylum or eligible to claim asylum and seek Refuge status in the UK if You can prove the following:

  1. You are not from an EU country
  2. You did not pass through a’Safe third country’before arriving in th UK
  3. You have no connections to a safe third country

The 1951 Refugee Convention and the criteria to qualify

To stay in the UK as a refugee you must be unable to live safely in any part of your own country because you fear persecution there.

  • Religion
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Political views
  • Sexual orientation or gender identity

European Convention on Human Rights

Fundamental rights define minimum standards to ensure everyone is treated with dignity. We help promote and protect these rights.

  1. Persecution with torture or the death penalty.
  2. Withdrawal of medical treatment resulting in death or inhuman or degrading treatment.

Asylum Claim Processing Timeline In The UK

An asylum case in the UK may take a while to process, with a vast majority of asylum applications taking over six months. That being said, many applications are successful and are granted protection.

After your Substantive Interview, the Home Office will consider your claim and whether it believes that your asylum claim is successful and that you should be granted refugee status. Some people wait many months, or even over a year, to receive this decision.

Granted Refugee Status

Refugee status gives a person five years of permission to stay in the UK, with permission to work and study, and access to the NHS and benefits. Refugees have the right to seek family reunion with family members left behind.

you’re granted refugee status or humanitarian protection you’ll have permission to stay in the UK for a minimum of 5 years. You can also apply for a refugee integration loan. After 5 years, you can apply to settle in the UK.

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