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How to Claim Asylum in the UK – A Comprehensive Guide

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Seeking asylum is a profound and often challenging process. Meliora Legal is committed to providing support and legal expertise to individuals seeking refuge in the UK. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on how to claim asylum in the UK.

What Does It Mean to Claim Asylum?

Asylum is a form of protection granted to individuals who have left their home country and are unable or unwilling to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution. The UK, being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, is obliged to consider applications for asylum.

Who Can Claim Asylum?

Any person who fears persecution in their home country due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group can claim asylum in the UK. Additionally, the persecution feared must be of such severity that it violates basic human rights.

When and Where to Claim Asylum?

You should apply for asylum as soon as you arrive in the UK. You can apply at the border to an immigration officer or, if already in the UK, at the Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon.

The Asylum Process

  1. Screening: The first step is a screening process, where the Home Office will take your details, fingerprints, and photograph.
  2. Asylum Interview: You will then attend an in-depth asylum interview where you must provide detailed evidence of why you fear returning to your home country. It’s crucial to prepare for this interview and provide as much evidence as possible to support your claim.
  3. Decision: The Home Office will review your claim and make a decision. This can take six months or more, depending on the complexity of your case.
  4. Appeal: If your application is refused, you have the right to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

Support During the Asylum Process

While your asylum claim is being processed, you may be eligible for support, which can include housing, a cash allowance, and access to healthcare.

How Can Meliora Legal Help?

The process of claiming asylum can be complex and overwhelming. At Meliora Legal, our experienced legal team can guide you through each stage of the process, from preparing for your asylum interview to understanding your rights and the support available to you.

We are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal advice tailored to your individual circumstances. If you or a loved one are seeking to claim asylum in the UK, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. At Meliora Legal, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Note: The information in this article is correct as of May 2023 and may be subject to change. Please consult a legal professional for personalised advice.


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