Asylum Appeals in London
Our team at Westkin is made up of industry leading immigration lawyers who have worked on a number of complex asylum cases, and who are aware of how stressful an asylum appeal can be. If you have previously submitted a UK asylum claim which has been rejected, you may be feeling worried about your situation. The reality is, the majority of asylum claims are rejected the first time. Our team of specialist lawyers are on hand to guide you through your asylum appeal.
An asylum appeal is the process of challenging the refusal of an asylum claim. This page will provide information on:
- What to do if your asylum claim is rejected.
- How our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you if your asylum appeal is refused.
- What information you need for the asylum appeal process.
- The process of getting ready for an asylum appeal.
- Assistance with upper tribunal decisions.
“Westkin took over our appeal case for our daughter’s visa. It was a great experience and we received great service, which was the best. They effectively and clearly communicated with us throughout the entire process and made everything easy and fast. Westkin showed their expertise in all immigration areas and answered all our questions and concerns. We highly recommend anyone facing challenges with their visa application to place their trust with Westkin Associates.” – Zenzo Mpofu
If your asylum claim has been rejected, please be aware that there is a second chance to appeal. Our experienced immigration lawyers can offer you efficient and confidential support. Please call our office on 020 8038 6305 or contact us through our website to discuss your case.
How Westkin will help your asylum appeal
Our leading immigration lawyers follow the best practices when dealing with asylum appeals. This means we take into account the expectations from the Home Office and the rights of our clients in everything that we do.
Before we begin working on an asylum appeal, we invite you to have a cost-free, commitment free chat with one of our immigration lawyers, so that we can get to know the details of your case and so that you can decide whether you want our assistance. In this call, we’ll advise you on:
– What we believe your chances of success in an asylum appeal would be.
– What documents are required in the asylum appeal process to overturn the decision.
– How much we will charge to run your appeal.
After this conversation, if you’re happy for us to take on your case, our immigration lawyers will make sure that everything is done to ensure that your asylum appeal is successful.
To book in a cost-free conversation with one of our asylum appeal lawyers today, please call 020 8038 6305 or get in touch through our website.
What is the asylum appeals process?
First tier tribunal immigration appeal process
Asylum appeals are heard in the First-tier Tribunal. The Tribunal’s role is to hear and decide appeals against decisions made by the UK Border Agency’s officers in the UK. The First-Tier Tribunal is a type of court, and there are numerous courts around the UK.
In order to get an appeal, we will assist you in completing a form called an “IAFT-1”—which informs the immigration court that you have received an asylum decision that you wish to appeal. Our immigration lawyers will assist you with the details which need to be included in the form and at the hearing to improve your chances of the appeal being successful
Once the appeal form is sent to the court, they will reply within a few weeks giving you a date for when you will need to attend for your asylum appeal.
Getting you ready for your asylum appeal hearing
Our immigration lawyers will assist you in preparing for your asylum appeal, giving you the best chance of securing your visa. Our experienced lawyers will make the process simple for you, and can help to ease any concerns that you may have throughout the process. We can help you in the following areas:
- We will inform the court and Home Office that we are representing you as your immigration lawyers throughout your asylum appeal.
- We will prepare the witness statements to support your appeal.
- Full preparation and advice on all of the documents needed to evidence and support your case.
- You will benefit from the advice of our experienced lawyers in the preparation of your case.
- We will assist with getting you and any relevant witnesses ready for the hearing.
- We can provide you with assistance and representation on the day, with advocates being with you in court.
- If the appeal is successful, our team will ensure that all the administrative deadlines are met, so the visa originally applied for is placed in your passport as soon as possible.
- If unsuccessful, we will be on hand to advise you on next steps, further appeals, merits and costs.
Having some fears after your first asylum claim is rejected is normal, and our team are on hand to help. Get in touch today by calling 020 8038 6305 or through our website.
Who will be present at my asylum appeal hearing?
One or more immigration judges may hear an appeal. They are sometimes accompanied by non-legal members of the tribunal. If you make an appeal, one of our immigration lawyers will attend the hearing with you and represent you in that process. The UK Border Agency will also have a legal representative at the hearing.
What happens next in the asylum appeal process?
After your hearing, the judge or panel will decide whether your asylum appeal is successful, and this decision will be provided to you in writing. The asylum appeal decision time is usually around 28 days.
If your asylum appeal is not successful, you may be able to challenge a decision made by the First-Tier Tribunal by applying to the Upper Tribunal. You may also apply to the Upper Tribunal to challenge a First-tier Tribunal decision. Sometimes it may even be possible to challenge Upper Tribunal decisions by applying to the Court of Appeal.
What is the cost of an asylum appeal?
Most appeals which are dealt with in the First-tier Tribunal require a fee to be paid before an appeal is processed. The immigration and asylum appeal fees are usually between £80-£140 and can be paid online.
Our fees for providing you with legal assistance in your asylum appeal can vary case by case. To find out about our costs, please call our office on 020 8038 6305 for a cost free and commitment free chat.
Do you have grounds for asylum appeal?
If you have just received a decision from the UKBA refusing your asylum claim, you may appeal on any one or more grounds.
It is important to note that you have the right to appeal as of right. This means that you will have an asylum appeal in court even if you mention no grounds, as long as you complete the form. These grounds include:
- Race discrimination – if you feel that your ethnicity or nationality has affected your case.
- Human rights – if the decision is against your rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or it would be against your rights for us to remove you from the United Kingdom because of that decision (You may also appeal this removal if it is against the Home Office’s obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees).
- The Home Office decision was not in line with the immigration rules.
- The Home Office decision was not in line with the law.
- The immigration rules allowed the person who made the decision on your asylum claim to exercise his/her own judgement on the circumstances of your case and his/her judgement should have been exercised differently.
What happens if you’ve been refused asylum?
If you have been refused asylum, please contact us as soon as possible. We will look over the decision for you and advise you without charge on:
– What your chances of success are.
– What documents you will need to overturn the decision.
– How much we will charge to run your appeal.
If you are then happy for us to work on your case, our immigration lawyers will make sure that everything is done to ensure that your asylum appeal is successful.
“I had to lodge two appeals and attend two hearings (First-Tier Tribunal + Upper-Tier Tribunal) before my visa was granted. The people who made it happen were exceptional. Westkin represented me in both my hearings and lodged my second appeal. They are experts at what they do – extremely skilful and confident. I liked their honest and factual approach to my case. I was always made aware where my case stood and what to expect. I knew I was in safe hands.” – Denisa Murati
For assistance with your asylum appeal, get in touch with our leading lawyers through our website, or call our office on 020 8038 6305.
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