Claiming asylum in the UK
Applying for asylum in the UK consists of the following steps:
An individual must claim asylum upon arrival at the UK border or by telephone while in the UK.
Individuals must attend a screening interview for the Home Office. This interview is used to collect personal details and assess whether an applicant is suitable for immigration bail.
Individuals must attend a substantive interview to present a claim of asylum and related evidence to the Home Office.
The Home Office will then produce a determination of asylum claim (DOAC) which can either grant or refuse refugee status.
If granted refugee status, the refugee will be entitled to live, work and study in the UK for five years. After five years, a refugee will become eligible for settlement in the UK.
If the DOAC is negative and refugee status is refused, the applicant can appeal the decision with the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.
The consequences of COVID-19 may mean that the asylum process may vary from the above due to the impact on conducting face-to-face interviews. For instance, a substantive interview may proceed via video conferencing as appropriate. However, COVID-19 precautions do not affect the need for the Home Office to consider the claim and related evidence adequately and you are entitled to participate in a substantive interview to support your claim.
How can Paragon Law help?
It is important that if you and your family take this life changing step to claim asylum in the UK that you take legal advice at the earliest opportunity to help you present your case to the Home Office. At Paragon Law, our expert immigration lawyers can assist and support you to make a claim for asylum.