Asylum in the UK

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.

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