How to make a referral to ASAP
This page explains how to ask ASAP to represent or advise you for your appeal. An advice agency can make the referral. If no one is helping you, you can refer yourself.
If an advice agency is helping you:
Ask an advice agency to help you. See Organisations who can help or call Refugee Council Infoline to find an advice agency near where you live.
Advice agencies may be able to help you complete a Notice of Appeal and reply to a Directions Notice (a Tribunal instruction to send more information about your case). ASAP cannot do this for you.
If no one is helping you, you can refer yourself to ASAP.
When referring you to ASAP, an advice agency will:
- explain the ASAP Duty Scheme and ASAP authority form to you
- if you want to proceed, ask you to read and sign the ASAP authority form
- send ASAP a referral form, your signed authority form, appeal documents and evidence
We work with advice agencies throughout the UK. But if the advice agency helping you does not know about ASAP, show them this video:
If no one is helping you:
We understand it is not always possible to find an advice agency near where you live. If you cannot find an advice agency (or someone else you trust) to make a referral to ASAP, you can refer yourself.
Unfortunately ASAP is not a replacement for an advice agency. See 'Important' for more details.
To refer yourself to ASAP please follow these 3 steps:
- Read and complete the ASAP referral form (page 1).
- Make sure you give us your telephone number and email address so we can contact you.
- Please tell us any important information you want us to know when contacting you. For example, the language you want to speak when talking to us.
- Read and complete the ASAP authority form (page 2). The Tribunal will either email you a copy of this form, or send it by post. Please write your signature, printed name and the date in the spaces provided.
- Click on the buttons below for translations of the ASAP authority form:
- By signing the ASAP authority form, you give us authority (permission) to represent you in your appeal hearing. This means that ASAP can get your appeal documents from the Tribunal. Your appeal documents contain important information you and the Home Office have sent to the Tribunal. We must have your authority to represent you.
- We also need your signed authority form to contact other people (for example, your asylum lawyer) for more information or documents to help explain why you should get asylum support.
- If we provide you with an ASAP advocate, they will make sure you have understood the authority form and that you want to be represented by ASAP.
- Send your completed referral form and signed authority form by email to email@example.com. Emailing us a photo of these completed forms is also fine.
- Please email us the completed forms, or photos of them, as soon as possible. We cannot always help everyone who contacts us. But the earlier you contact ASAP after making your appeal to the Tribunal, the more chance you have of being represented.
What happens after you email ASAP:
- ASAP replies to your email to confirm we have received it. We will ask you to email us documents about your appeal (we will send you a list). We understand you may not be able to send us documents. But with your signed ASAP authority form, we can ask the Tribunal to send your appeal documents to us.
- ASAP will then contact you again to say if an ASAP advocate is available to represent or advise for your appeal hearing. See ASAP Duty Scheme which explains what happens if an ASAP advocate is available to represent you.
If you cannot send ASAP completed referral and authority forms:
It is best you send us a signed ASAP authority form. It shows other people, like the Tribunal, that we have permission to help you. But we understand you may not be able to do this. We may still be able to get your permission by speaking to you on the phone. To give your permission by phone, or to ask a question about referring yourself to ASAP, call 07950 977701. Please note this number does not give legal advice.
ASAP is not a replacement for an advice agency. Unfortunately, even if no one is helping you, ASAP cannot write your Notice of Appeal form or help you reply to the Directions Notice. See Guide to writing the appeal form and Preparing for your hearing which explain how you can do this.