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If you are a non-UK citizen and you cannot return to your country of origin for fear of persecution, you could be eligible for asylum in the UK. Additionally, if you have been the victim of a human rights violation or human trafficking, you may be able to seek humanitarian protection in Britain. If applications for asylum or humanitarian protection are successful, you may qualify to remain in the UK permanently after five years.

Stevens Machi Solicitors are specialists in immigration and human rights law. We know how unsettling these situations can be, but you can be confident that we will deal with your case in a sensitive manner and will fight fearlessly to get you a positive outcome.

UK Asylum Applications

Asylum exists to protect individuals who have left their country of origin and are unable to return because of a justifiable fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. 

To qualify for asylum, you must meet the requirements of refugee status. These are:

  • You must be unable to return to your country for fear of persecution
  • The authorities in your own country must be unable to protect you
  • You must be unable to live without risk in any part of your country

The rules surrounding asylum are strict, with the possibility of imprisonment if false information is provided. So, it is important that you have the support and representation of an expert immigration lawyer when making a claim.

Making a Claim for Asylum in the UK

A claim should be issued once you arrive in the UK or immediately after you realise it would be dangerous for you to return to your country of origin. Once you have submitted your application, you will be required to attend an immigration screening appointment, followed by an interview with a caseworker.

Our team of experts will assess your circumstances and those in your country to determine your eligibility for asylum in the UK. Further, we will help you make a strong claim and will provide professional and sensitive support during the screening and interview processes.

Human Rights Applications, UK

If you are unable to return to your country because there is a real risk that you will be the victim of a human rights violation, you may be able to apply to the Home Office to temporarily remain in the UK based on humanitarian protection. For example, an application may be made on the grounds that there is a risk the applicant will be subjected to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Human Rights Act 1998, article 3) if they return to their country. This is usually the route individuals take if they are not considered to have refugee status and therefore cannot apply for asylum.

The law on human rights is particularly large and complex, and it changes on a regular basis. That is why it is essential to have a team of legal experts to guide you through the process and create a strategy based on your circumstances that will achieve the best possible outcome. Here are some of the ways that Stevens Machi Solicitors can help:

  • Assess your personal circumstances and determine which provision(s) of the Human Rights Act 1998 applies
  • Build a strategy for a smooth and successful claim
  • Complete and submit your Human Rights Application and advise on supporting documents that will strengthen your case
  • Provide expert advice and regular updates before, during and after your application

Human Trafficking Applications, UK

Victims of human trafficking are also protected under the Human Rights Act 1998 (article 4). Human trafficking involves the exploitation of vulnerable people for illegal purposes, such as the sex trade, modern slavery and organ donations.

If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking, you may be able to seek humanitarian protection in the UK. Again, this is a vast and complicated issue, so it is best tackled by legal professionals who specialise in immigration and human rights law.

Asylum, Human Rights & Trafficking Application Lawyers, London

Stevens Machi Solicitors routinely help vulnerable individuals seek protection from dangers in their own countries. We aim to make this tricky area of the law as straight forward as possible for you. Our lawyers will apply their years of knowledge and practical experience to passionately fight for the best possible result. To speak to our team about your situation, call us on 020 8318 7768 or fill out our contact form.

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