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    Do you need legal support
    to get asylum in the UK?

    SilverOak Solicitors are here to advise and support you at every step of your legal journey. Get in touch with us now to book your immigration consultation and begin the stress-free application process.

    For immigration services, we provide competitive Fixed Fees, always with your best interests in mind.

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      Claim Asylum in the UK

      Are you in danger in your own country and have managed to escape? You may be eligible to apply for asylum within the UK. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of claiming asylum to protect your family’s life, then the UK is also a good country to seek refuge in. The first step to applying for asylum in the UK should be to find an experienced immigration lawyer with extensive expertise in that field.

      Recent statistics show that hundreds of people around the world apply for asylum in the UK every day. The UK government handles over 150,000 applicants annually1, with each application representing one family. The process is challenging and takes time. The number of applicants rises with each global conflict or world disaster. Contact us today to get your matter sorted. Our immigration lawyer can assist you through the application process.

      Grounds to claim asylum in the UK

      UK asylum seekers typically claim refuge due to a credible fear of persecution in their home country based on the following factors

      Persecution based on race, ethnicity, or nationality.

      Persecution based on religious beliefs or practices.

      Persecution due to political opinions or affiliations.

      Persecution based on membership in a specific social group.

      Persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

      Process your asylum application in 3 easy steps with us:

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      1. Get in Touch

      Let's chat about your immigration matter. The consultation fee is £75+VAT for 30 minutes. Our warm and friendly immigration experts will provide you with personalised advice, tailored just for you. We're here to make your immigration journey easy - discuss your case and provide you with all the information on your options. Call 020 8578 7778.

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      2. Build Your Case

      Your immigration matter is in capable hands. If you choose to proceed with your matter, we'll deduct the consultation fee from your service cost. We'll guide you on the required documents, timing, and fees, handle the processing of your application, and ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and submitted to counterparties and courts. Let us take care of the entire process for you!

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      3. Success

      Remove the stress by having our immigration lawyer by your side. Let our immigration experts handle all the legal work for you. We will keep you updated every step of the way resulting in a successful outcome.

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      Competitive Prices with No Hidden Fees

      Rest assured, our competitive prices are fair and fixed with no hidden fees. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with one of our immigration experts. The consultation fee is £75+VAT for 30 minutes. If you decide to proceed with your matter, the consultation fee will be deducted from the service fee.

      The benefits of booking an immigration consultation

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      Understanding Options

      We want to assure you that you are never obligated to use our services. We understand that your matter is important to you, and during the consultation, we provide information to help you make an informed decision.

      Personalised Guidance

      During your immigration consultations we will provide you with personalised advice tailored to your specific circumstances. Our professional immigration experts can assess your situation and provide guidance based on current immigration laws and regulations.

      Clarifying Complex Processes

      Immigration processes can be complex and involve extensive paperwork. Our experts can simplify these processes, guiding you through the application steps, required documents, timing, costs, and any potential obstacles.

      Preventing Costly Mistakes

      Professional guidance can help you avoid common mistakes that could lead to delays or rejections in the immigration process. This proactive approach can save you time, money, and potential frustration.

      Assessment of Eligibility

      Our immigration experts can assess your eligibility for different immigration paths, and discuss the requirements you need to meet to qualify for your matter. This evaluation helps to increase the likelihood of a successful application.

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        Do you need legal assistance with your asylum application?

        What is Asylum?

        Claiming asylum in the UK means you seek refuge within Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, or Wales, as a refugee. Obtaining refugee status is a formal process if you want to remain in the UK. To claim asylum in the UK, you must be unable to return to your own country out of fear of persecution.

        Those seeking asylum should apply for UK refugee status as soon as they step foot on UK soil. If possible, applying before then will strengthen your case. The longer you wait, the less likely that the government will grant you permission to remain. If you have been in the country a long time before you apply for your visa, or if the UK government tracks you down as an illegal immigrant, you will need to seek legal representation immediately otherwise they will deport you.

        Who can apply for Asylum?

        To claim asylum in the UK, you must be unable to return to your own country out of fear of harm. If you don’t think this applies to your situation, you can choose to get a visa, instead. Both will allow you to remain in the UK.

        There are certain types of persecution that the UK government approve of for asylum applicants. Your nationality, race, religion, politics, or social situation must put you at risk in your own country. In addition, you should have already sought help from the governing body in your own country. They must refuse you, causing you to seek help elsewhere.

        Children who are fleeing without an adult to supervise them will be considered for asylum status. This helps place some of the orphans of war. Whether you are a child or an adult seeking asylum, hiring a UK immigration lawyer will give you the best opportunity to achieve a successful outcome.

        How do I apply for Asylum in the UK?

        Once you arrive in the UK, you need to register your interest with the UK government as an asylum seeker. This starts with the border crossing. When you reach the UK, you must declare to border officials that you are here to seek asylum. They will arrange a screening for you. This is an interview with an overworked, and often underpaid, asylum officer. They take your details and assess your situation. They will take your fingerprints and record your identification documents.

        During this interview, you must explain why you cannot return to your own country. If you have any supporting evidence, you can present it here. Supporting evidence might be evidence of religion in persecuted countries, documents that threaten you, or images on your mobile phone.

        It is far too easy to get ‘lost’ in the UK asylum seeking system. The UK government operates behind schedule all the time. Asylum applications can take years to process, especially if you don’t stand out. The simplest way to make your application go faster is by hiring an immigration lawyer to represent you.

        Why do you need a solicitor to apply for Asylum?

        The UK government will prosecute you if they find that you have given false information on your asylum application. You can receive two years in prison if you lie about your status in your home country. This law stops fake applications for refugee status taking valuable time and resources away from the people who are in real danger. Hiring a solicitor makes you aware of this from the outset.

        Having a representative of the law on your side could help sway opinions about your situation during your asylum interviews. Immigration lawyers can protect your rights from the outset of your asylum application. They ensure you have an interpreter when you need one, and that you always fully understand what is happening.

        How long does the UK Government take to process Asylum applications?

        The UK government aims to process each application within 6 months. This is not always possible. Asylum seeker numbers have increased by 77% in the last three years and keeping up with the volume of cases is difficult2.

        You should apply with your family if you are travelling as one unit. Otherwise, your partner or children may have their applications approved before or after you. Some family members applications could be refused altogether.

        Remember, hiring a immigration lawyer makes sure the officials take your application seriously. They will process it faster if a lawyer is regularly calling them for status reports.

        1,2 Refugee Council, 2022:

        Where do I wait while my Asylum application is processed?

        While you are waiting for the decision, you can remain in the UK. Ask border officials to connect you with housing resources. The UK government will help you find housing during your wait, but you are not permitted to work. You may need to check in with a local immigration office while you are here. Otherwise, you may wait in Asylum accommodation centres.

        Do the UK Government ever refuse Asylum applications?

        The UK government will not consider your claim for asylum in the UK if you do not meet their requirements as a persecuted refugee. If the country you are fleeing from is regarded as ‘safe’ or is within the EU, they may refuse you. EU citizens can remain in the UK for 6 months before they must apply to remain. When they do apply to remain, it should be through the visa process.

        With regards to safe third countries, the UK government may ask you to claim refugee status in a safe third country in which you have relatives. For example, if you are fleeing a war torn country and have relatives in France, the UK government may ask you to apply to France instead.

        The UK government defines a safe third country as one that you are not a citizen of and that you would not be harmed in. On occasion, they will question why you passed through other European countries on your way to claim asylum in the UK.

        Hiring an immigration solicitor is the best way to represent your case for asylum in the UK and offers you the best chance of attaining a success application.

        Contact SilverOak Solicitors today for professional help with seeking asylum.

        How much immigration services cost?

        In most instances, we operate on a Fixed Fee basis for working on your case. This means that we will agree our fees with you before we start the case and they will not change. Please note that our quoted prices are only for our professional services fees. Our prices do not include any payments that need to be made by you to a third party such as the Home Office, Court Service, UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKCAS), experts or interpreters if required.

        In some circumstances, the fees may be lower or higher than the prices listed below depending on the nature/complexity of the matter, whether the applicant has been refused previously and the anticipated amount of time involved. Should an uplift be needed, that will be agreed before the work is undertaken and the reason/s for it explained.

        All professional fees include time for preparation and submission of immigration applications, submissions and appeals. The fees include: remote and in-person client meetings, consideration of documents, the taking of instructions and providing advice on the options available, law & procedure, documentary requirement, likely timescales, corresponding with other parties/experts/the Home Office/courts, keeping you updated and preparing and submitting the application/submissions/appeal as appropriate.

        Our fees also cover alerting you to any changes in the law which may have an impact on your circumstances during the course of your matter. Should urgent and/or “out of hours” work need to be undertaken, an uplift may be applied which we would agree with you.

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