Hearsay within the asylum process is very much prevalent and is capable of causing very serious psychological issues in relation to asylum seekers close allies known as “friends”.
Many “people” or even “friends” give advice to asylum seekers knowing fully well that they are not qualified Immigration Lawyers or qualified to give legal advice.
The main obstacle in the asylum process is falling prey to hearsay with an intention to strengthen one’s case but instead it destroys and leaves potholes with a lot of dents doing more harm than good.
The most common hearsay that affects many LGBTQ+ People Seeking asylum is – “One needs to have a partner in order to prove their sexual orientation”!
Mbahepa one of our Group members bravely put this question to Jon from the Home Office during our Q&A session. Jon explained that someone claiming asylum based on their sexual orientation does not need have to a partner in order to prove their claim.
The Bradford Rainbow Club Q&A sessions have greatly cemented our confidence which in turn is helping us to shun hearsay.
Samuel Gitu – The Bradford Rainbow Club Group member.