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Asylum law

The Right to Asylum is a fundamental right listed in the Geneva Convention of 1951 and in the French Code (CESEDA), in articles L. 711-1 and followings.

Our Office assists you to introduce your asylum request

For many years, our Office has been assisting asylum seekers of all origins in order to:

  • Introduce an asylum request
  • Appeal before the National Court for Asylum (CNDA)
  • Be advised, prepared and assisted for the hearing before the National Court for Asylum (CNDA) Our clients are granted the refugee status directly before the OFPRA (the administration) or on appeal before the National Court for Asylum.

We regularly win refugee cases and obtain the refugee status for clients of all origins coming from countries where no protection can be granted to them, such as :

  • political opponents, journalists, trade workers fearing to be persecuted in their country of origin because of their political opinions,
  • Asylum seekers belonging to ethnic minorities and persecuted because of their race or nationality,
  • People persecuted in their country of origin because of their religion,
  • Asylum seekers fearing to be persecuted because of their belonging to a social group,
  • People persecuted because of their sexual orientation.

Our Office obtain the subsidiary protection for asylum seekers victim of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments in their country of origin and who cannot be granted protection from their authorities.

How to introduce an asylum request ?

To introduce an asylum request , you have to present yourself to the prefecture to register your file, which is sent to the OFPRA (OFPRA : 201, Rue Carnot - 94120 Fontenay sous Bois).

In case you receive a negative decision from the OFPRA, you have the right to appeal before the National Court of Asylum within a delay of one month on receipt of the decision.

The National Court for Asylum (CNDA) register your appeal and send you a file number that you keep during the entire asylum proceeding.

The right of Asylum : a constitutional and conventional right

The right to asylum is a fundamental human rights recognized by the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union and the 1951 Geneva Convention.

The 1951 Geneva Convention on the refugee status brings a definition of the term "refugee" in article 1.A.2:

" The term « refugee » shall apply to any person: (2) As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and owing to well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

The provisions of the Geneva Convention are inserted in internal law in articles L. 711-1 and followings of the Code for entry and stay of foreigners and the rights of asylum (CESEDA).