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Asylum Lawyers

Immigration and Asylum Law

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If you have fled your home country to seek asylum in the United Kingdom, Cartwright King’s dedicated asylum lawyers will do everything they can to ensure that you can stay in the UK and build a better life in Britain. With years of experience in dealing with the Home Office, we ensure that you get the right advice and guidance in immigration law to secure your future.

Get in touch with our specialist UK Asylum and Human Rights Advisors now for immediate assistance.

How Cartwright King’s Asylum and Human Rights Lawyers Can Help

Cartwright King’s compassionate, yet determined, Immigration Advisors offer step-by-step legal support throughout your immigration or asylum seeker case. The British asylum process can be complex and confusing, which is why getting the right advice and guidance is crucial to securing the best outcome for your case. Our professional Asylum Solicitors Team can help with:

  • Asylum appeals and deportation
  • Refugee status, humanitarian protection & discretionary leave
  • Fresh UK asylum claims
  • Family reunions
  • Legacy cases
  • Travel documents for children and adults
  • UK permanent residence regardless of the nationality or particular social group
  • Deportation prevention

Our Asylum Solicitors Can Also Help With

Cartwright King’s asylum solicitors are also able to assist individuals who have had an asylum application refused or left unresolved (legacy cases), as long as there have been changes in immigration laws or Home Office policy. We can help you put in a new application for a settlement or extension, ensuring your application is submitted under the correct categories. If you are unsure whether you can apply again, contact our team today.

Why Do You Need Advice From Expert Asylum Solicitors 

With the help and support of an expert asylum solicitor, you will be able to follow the required protocols to strengthen your chances of eventually gaining refugee status. As with any legal proceedings, the application process for asylums is extremely complex. Without a deep understanding of the UK’s laws, it is difficult to meet the right requirements. However, with Cartwright King’s asylum solicitors on your side, you will receive support every step of the way. 

The Benefits Of Using An Asylum Solicitor

By appointing an experienced asylum caseworker, such as our asylum solicitors, you can improve your chances of meeting the necessary requirements. With their help your application will follow the right steps; however, you must qualify for asylum else your application cannot progress any further. Only caseworkers with advanced knowledge of the predetermined criteria will be able to advise you on issues surrounding eligibility.

With an expert by your side, you will have access to someone with a full understanding of UK laws and all the intricacies. Our asylum solicitors can share all this with you while offering information regarding what evidence you need to provide to prove your and your family’s quality for asylum. 

Regardless of where in the world you have fled or what language you speak, our qualified asylum solicitors at Cartwright King will endeavour you have the right support throughout your asylum application. 

When Do You Need Asylum In The UK

Whether you need to apply for asylum in the UK will depend on whether any of the following situations best describe your own:

  • Are you under pressure to leave your home country due to a threat to your life?
  • Have you fled and are unable to return home as you live in fear of being persecuted due to your religion, nationality, race or political option?
  • Are you at risk of persecution in your homeland and require shelter within a country with more security, laws and order?
  • Are the authorities in your home county unable/unwilling to offer you protection?

If any of the situations above represent your situation, and you meet the 1951 UN Convention Relation to the Status of Refugee and/or the European Convention on Human Rights 1950’s criteria, you may be granted refugee status within the UK. However, for this to be officially granted, an application for asylum must be made.

Different Legal Options For Asylum Seekers

Asylum Claims

Asylum claims allow for an individual to become officially recognised as a refugee. For someone to be granted sanctuary within the UK, they must have fled their home country or country of residence for fear of being persecuted. This fear is the reason they cannot return; however, their reason for persecution can vary from racial, religious and political reasons to participate in social activities that are prohibited or deemed an unfavourable personal lifestyle choice. For example, in countries that condemn same-sex relationships, someone may be prosecuted for marrying their same-sex partner.

Family Reunion Program

The Family Reunion Program aims to bring families together, granting asylum to family members of those who have already been granted refugee status. The program aims to reunite individuals with their dependants who were left behind in their home country, including spouses, minor children, civil partners, as well as unmarried and same-sex partners. It is worth noting that only pre-existing members of the family can apply to this program.

Humanitarian Protection

If your asylum application does not meet the requirements of the UN Refugee Convention, you can instead be allowed to remain within the UK under Humanitarian Protection. To qualify for this protection, you must apply for Human Rights Asylum. Under Humanitarian Protection, an individual can be granted 5 years of residence within the UK. Then, after this period, it is possible to apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain. 

Based on Human Rights under European Convention, an individual cannot be sent back to a country where they face a risk to their life, torture, punishment or any treatment deemed as degrading or inhuman.

The Gateway Protection Program

The Gateway Protection Program runs alongside the asylum. Operated by the Home Office and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this aims to agree on a settlement for extremely vulnerable asylum seekers. Each year the program allows for 750 refugees to be resettled in the UK. 

If you wish to apply for this program, applications have to be made directly through the UNHRC. Upon consideration, they will pass the application to the Home Office for their assessment. During these steps, the individual’s refugee credibility is weighed up alongside security risks, the need for their resettlement, any health concerns and their family status. Successful applicants can expect to receive immediate permanent residence.

Discretionary Leave to Remain

If your application for refugee status is not successful, you can apply for Discretionary Leave to Remain alongside your application for Humanitarian Protection. As your expert asylum solicitor will explain, this specific type of leave to remain is only granted in very limited circumstances.

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Why Choose Cartwright King for UK Asylum Cases and Human Rights Advice

We understand that there is a lot at stake when it comes to applying for UK asylum and protecting your human rights. When you come to the UK, you should be free from the well-founded fear of being persecuted and facing the turmoil you have fled from in your country of origin.

Whatever your reasons for claiming asylum, our asylum solicitors listen, understand, and care about the outcome of your case. That is why we are committed to successfully securing your future in the UK with professional, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.

As the UK is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, it is obliged to consider your UK asylum application and grant you asylum if there is a reason to believe that you will be persecuted if returned to your country of origin.

Cartwright King’s asylum solicitors will fully assess the strength of your case, advise you about the asylum process and guide you at every stage of your claim, including accompaniment to interviews and appeal hearings.

Our Immigration Fees

We will conduct an initial enquiry about your case with you without charge to confirm that it is a matter we can help with. This will typically involve a short telephone conversation with you. Please feel free to call us or email us using the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer Legal Aid to fund your Immigration case. However, we can offer a fixed fee service for private paying individuals.

Click below for more information on our Immigration fees.

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FAQ

The UK asylum system is strictly controlled, which means the court does not grant refugees asylum status automatically. Meeting the criteria is tough, and the decision-making process can be lengthy. In some cases, it can take years, especially if you’re appealing a refusal decision. That’s why it’s crucial to seek legal advice from the Cartwright King Asylum Lawyers Team.

Currently, UK asylum seekers are prohibited from working in Britain, although immigrant advocacy groups are pushing for the rules to be changed. However, you can apply to work in the UK if:

  • You have waited more than 12 months for a decision on your asylum application, or you have been refused asylum but you’ve received no response to further submissions filed more than 12 months ago
  • You are not responsible for any delay on a decision over your asylum claim

If you are granted permission to work, you can only take a job that is on the UK’s Tier 2 Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation List. Your right to work is removed if your asylum claim is refused and all appeal options have been exhausted.

Under current UK immigration laws, asylum seekers are prohibited from accessing welfare benefits. However, you are entitled to accommodation – flat, house, hostel or bed and breakfast. If accommodation cannot be found, you are likely to be held in an immigration detention centre.

You do not have the right to choose where you live. 

Additionally, you will be given a weekly allowance for each person in your household to buy food, clothing and toiletries.

If you’re refused asylum and you’ve exhausted all appeal options, you can apply for short-term support – including housing and cash allowances.