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UK Asylum – Legacy Cases

If you are currently in the UK and you have previously lodged an application for asylum before 5 March 2007 which still remains unresolved, or you have not been removed from the UK, then your case should be considered by the UK Border Agency under their legacy framework.

We can ensure that your case is not missed by the UKBA failing to use this favourable procedure. We have recent experience of judicially reviewing the Secretary of State to obtain an order of the court forcing the inclusion of the case in the legacy procedure.

These are sometimes known as UK asylum legacy cases and are dealt with by the Home Office department known as the Case Resolution Directorate (CRD). The legacy cases are defined as unresolved because the original asylum claim or any subsequent applications for further leave to remain has not yet been concluded. It also includes those who have exhausted their asylum claim but have not yet been removed from the UK. The UK Border Agency aims to conclude all of the cases by July 2011.

As UK immigration solicitors, located in close proximity to London, we recognise the importance of not simply waiting for the UK Border Agency to make a decision as the policy is not an amnesty for individuals. The legacy cases will be considered in the same way as new applications, using the same rules to decide whether applicants qualify for permission to stay in the United Kingdom or should be refused asylum and removed from the country. It is therefore of great importance that you seek legal assistance on making further representations so as to improve the chances of a successful grant under the policy. Our team of immigration solicitors will be happy to undertake this work on your behalf.

While considering the legacy cases the UK Border Agency will check criminal records and any individual who has committed a serious offence will be considered for deportation. The remaining cases will then be considered. Unfortunately, the delays on making a decision on cases is not amenable to a challenge and cases can be only be taken out of the queue if there are exceptional or are compelling reasons for doing so.

Our firm of UK immigration solicitors provides free legal assistance to those that are eligible for immigration help. Please speak to a member of staff for an initial assessment as to your eligibility.