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Apostasy is when you change your religion, for example from Islam to Christianity. In many countries you are allowed to change your religion freely but in some countries, eg Iran, changing your religion is a serious criminal offence. Those who commit apostasy can be severely punished.
Sometimes those who claim asylum do so on the basis of apostasy – that they have converted from Islam to Christianity and that if they had to return to their home country they would be persecuted or harmed.
The Home Office accepts that apostates in Iran can be in danger, and especially if they attempt to evangelise or proselytise – ie convert other Muslims to Christianity.
So if the Home Office accepts that an asylum-seeker has converted to Christianity then their claim for asylum could be a strong one.
Unlike some other aspects of asylum claims, evidence about religious conversion may be relatively easy to assemble. A well-prepared asylum application of this kind stands some chance of success and, even if refused, might well be successful on appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal.
At Get UK Visa we have good experience of apostasy asylum cases and if you are involved in this we may be able to help you.
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