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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.

Immigration Fees

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How easy is it to claim asylum in the UK?

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.

Can I work in the UK if I'm seeking asylum?

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.

Can I claim benefits as an asylum seeker?

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.

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