Asylum in the UK
Applying to stay in the UK as a refugee.
Asylum in the UK
Help for asylum seekers
Seeking asylum and protection from another country is a fundamental human right recognised by countries around the world.
To remain in the UK as a refugee, you have to make a claim for asylum. This means following a strict process, and showing you have left your country and are unable to go back through fear of being persecuted.
You should make your asylum application as soon as you arrive in Britain, or as soon as you believe it unsafe to return to your home country. Delays in making your application can affect your chances of success.
When you make a claim, you will have to attend an immigration screening with an immigration official and an asylum interview with a caseworker. Decisions can take up to six months.
Asylum seekers must follow specific rules while they await the decision on their claim. For example, you may have to attend regular ‘reporting meetings’ with your caseworker. The majority of asylum-seekers also do not have the right to work in the United Kingdom and must rely on state support and housing.
If your application for asylum is refused, and you are deemed not to qualify for protection as a refugee in the UK, you will not be granted refugee status and you may be deported.
Read more about:
- How to claim asylum in the UK >
- What is an asylum seeker? >
- Children applying for UK asylum >
- Difference between asylum seekers and refugees >
- Preparing your asylum statement >
- Guide to the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal >
- Can an illegal immigrant in the UK become legal? >
- Can asylum seekers claim UK benefits? >