Iraqi National Claims for Asylum after Initial Application was Refused

Successful asylum claim Immigration solicitors
By: Alice Williams

Successful asylum application

In this unique asylum case, our client was originally from Iraq, but he later escaped due to his father being involved in ISIS.

Our client came to the UK in 2015 and claimed asylum, informing his caseworker how he cannot return to Iraq through fear of being killed for refusing to join ISIS. The asylum application was regrettably refused, which led to the client contacting AWH to help him appeal the matter.

Successful asylum application

Our advice

Our immigration solicitors’ first and most crucial step was to gather information which proved the current perilous situation in Iraq, along with evidence that our client would be in immediate danger if he returned.

In order to make the proof as binding as possible, we then decided to book a counsel who would gather further evidence.

How did we help?

A detailed statement was then taken from the client by a member of our immigration team and all of the necessary documents were prepared for the hearing. We also took the time to instruct and brief the counsel on behalf of our client.

A counsel can either consist of one qualified individual or a body or legal professionals, and they work by offering objective advice and pleading a certain cause.

After the outcome, we assisted with travel document application.


We are very proud to say that our client was successfully granted refugee status and no appeal was issued by the Home Office.

After this triumphant victory, we assisted the client in applying for a travel document. A travel document permits an individual to travel outside of the UK when they are unable to get a passport from their home country.

UK regulations regarding asylum

If you wish to stay in the UK as a refugee you must apply for asylum. To be successfully granted asylum you must have already left the country you are fleeing from and be in fear of being prosecuted if you were to return.

A person can only apply for asylum if they are fleeing from prosecution if that prosecution is because of that person’s:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Other social, political, cultural or religious reasons, for example prosecution because of gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation

An application for asylum can be complex and the process generally takes up to six months. This is the time it will take for your application to be reviewed by the Home Office.

You must provide all evidence and information you can and you must be completely truthful on your application. If you are caught lying or you are caught providing falsified documents you may risk up to two years of imprisonment.

Whilst you are awaiting your application outcome you must meet certain requirements as well. You generally are not allowed to work or study in the UK and you may need to check in with a case officer on a regular basis; known as ‘reporting meetings’.

How we can help you

At AWH Solicitors we have helped many families and individuals successfully claim asylum in the UK and have a broad knowledge of the asylum application process.

Call us today or request a call back at a time that suits you best to find out more about the process of applying for asylum. Our solicitors can provide you with more information over the phone or book in a consultation to analyse your specific circumstances for you.

It may be that you are not entitled to claim asylum in the UK, but that won’t mean there aren’t other options available to you. Our immigration solicitors will review your situation and offer you bespoke advice on how to proceed with your application for another type of visa or permanent settlement.

If you’re suffering from a similar issue, contact our immigration solicitors Manchester on 0800 999 2220 or use the contact form today.
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