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Advice & Assistance
Leave to Remain in the UK
are many thousands of asylum seekers in the UK from all over the world.
have fled from countries of extreme political and civil strife such as
Kosovo or Somalia. Others fear persecution from regimes that will not tolerate democratic opposition.
many come to UK in the hope of finding sanctuary, others realise only
after arrival that circumstances in their country have changed and that it
would not be safe for them or their families to return.
law relating to political asylum is a vast and complex area. It stems from the
provisions of the UN Convention on Refugee Status signed in Geneva in
1951. The Convention and its implementation in domestic law have been
interpreted and reinterpreted extensively by the British Courts, creating
a body of case law that requires expert understanding in order to give
asylum seekers the best possible advice and guidance.
UK immigration authorities scrutinise all asylum applications carefully. This is because of the increase in economic migrants
from poorer areas of the world. Asylum seekers are often interviewed at length
about their claims in order to judge their credibility.
are often refused, but there is a right to appeal to an independent
Special Adjudicator. DJ Webb & Co. has particular knowledge and a great deal of
experience in making such appeals.
to the complexity of the law and attitude of the authorities, it is
important that asylum seekers obtain the very best professional advice
from specialist immigration solicitors with wide experience in refugee
must have thorough and careful legal advice at each stage in order to
ensure that they have had an opportunity to put their case forward in a
clear and comprehensive manner and to avoid an unnecessary refusal.
seekers also require advice in respect of their housing needs and rights
to social security benefits or other social assistance.
Webb & Co employs two full time solicitors who work in this
field and have gained a great deal of expertise.
are be able to advise applicants in respect of:
to apply for asylum
to approach the interview
needed in support of an application
an appeal against a refusal
consequences of the grant of refugee status
applicant’s rights to welfare benefits or social assistance
rights to be joined by other family members
those who do not meet the criteria for refugee status, but whose cases
disclose compelling compassionate circumstances, there is an alternative
form of immigration status called exceptional leave to remain.
is granted in cases where it is judged that it would be unduly harsh to
require the individual to leave the UK or because such a requirement would
result in a breach of an international convention such as the European
Convention on Human Rights.
solicitors have experience in this field and are able to provide
comprehensive advice in this regard.
Webb & Co prides itself on providing assistance to the more vulnerable
sections of the community who have come to the UK not through choice but
through fear of the consequences of remaining in their country of origin.
offer advice and assistance under the
UK government's legal aid scheme to those who are financially eligible.
must be present in the UK and visit our offices in person to enable their
legal aid to be established.