Despite the fact that there have been major changes to the immigration and asylum appeals regime recently, most asylum seekers still have right to appeal against the refusal decision made by the Home Office refusing their protection claim. However, the Home Office has power to certify so called ‘clearly unfounded’ claims in which case they do not give right to appeal. The only way to challenge such refusal is by way of judicial review.
There are very tight deadlines for a person to exercise right of appeal if one is attached to the refusal decision.
Notices of appeal need to send to the First-Tier Tribunal and appeals are heard by an independent immigration judge.
Most of the asylum claims are rather complicated and the success of these appeals as like any other appeal depends on ability to produce conclusive evidence supporting the claim. It might sometimes be advisable to obtain an expert report to support the claim and this usually takes time. We therefore advise to seek professional help as early as possible.
How we can help:
- Advice. We can give you a detailed advice during our one-off consultation meeting outlining merits of your case, strengths and weaknesses of your claim, explaining the appeals procedure and helping you to complete the necessary forms.
- Assistance. We can provide full assistance with your asylum appeal which involves drafting detailed witness statements, gathering necessary documentations, instructing experts to produce reports, representing you before the immigration judge.
We appreciate it might be very difficult for an asylum seeker to afford professional legal help if they are unable to access legal aid and we therefore determined affordable fixed fee scale for our services. Contact us now for more information.