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Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors


We have a number of immigration lawyers who are particularly experienced in handling asylum applications for unaccompanied minors. Immigration regulations require all Immigration Solicitors who represent unaccompanied minors to have been checked to enhanced CRB standard. Our specialists in this field have all undergone this process.


Our fee earners understand the complexities of these cases and will ensure the child understands the application process and how it will affect them. Should it be necessary, we will be also able to instruct an expert to carry out an age assessment if the child appears to be under 18 and has no identity papers to prove their age.


An asylum seeker will be considered an ‘unaccompanied minor’ if:

  • They are under 18, or appear to be (in cases where no identity papers can be provided), and
  • They do not have an adult guardian to care for them in the UK.

If the UK Border Agency has concerns about the child’s relationship with the responsible adult accompanying them, they will involve social services. More information on the service we can provide in this instance can be found in our Family Law section.


Unaccompanied Minors may be entitled to Legal Aid. Please contact one of our Immigration Solicitors to see if you qualify for Legal Aid. Our immigration Solicitors will be able to attend the screening interview with the unaccompanied minor to advise and be present during the interview process. Our Immigration Lawyers also assist unaccompanied minors in preparing for their appeal if their initial application has been refused by the UK Border Agency. Legal Aid is also available for appeals.


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