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To improve your chances of getting asylum, you should draft a written statement that explains your story and why you need protection. Using a sample written asylum statement as a basis, you can make sure you are including the right information to help with your claim. The following questionnaire will prompt you and help you to remember what needs to be included when writing your statement. These written statements are for the purpose of encouraging you to think about and write down the facts that are relevant to your claim. Not all of the sections will be relevant to you.…

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It is enshrined in law that everybody has the right to seek asylum in other countries for protection from persecution in your home country. Chances for recognition as refugee vary from country to country, depending on factors such as what happened to the individual in their country of origin and what will happen to them if they return there, whether there are alternatives to an asylum procedure such as humanitarian protection, and the decision practice of each country of asylum on applications from a certain country of origin. You might have good reasons to think you are a refugee. But…

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Asylum in the UK is available to refugee children who are unable to live safely in any part of their own country because of fear of persecution. A person of any age may qualify for refugee status under the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees where they fear persecution because of their

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If you are an employer looking to hire an international student graduate who has studied in the UK under Tier 4 of the points based system, the following guidance sets out the process of assisting the individual to ‘switch’ from a Tier 4 to Tier 2 visa. Who is eligible to switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2? Tier 2 is the primary immigration route for working in the UK, and specifically applies to skilled workers with the offer of employment. However, a Tier 4 visa holder will only be eligible to switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2…

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If you are UK tax resident but not domiciled in the UK, special rules apply to determine the basis upon which you pay UK tax. Below we examine the rules relating to non doms, including recent reforms to the law. Non doms tax – Determining your domicile status Your domicile is usually the country in which you officially have your permanent home, whereby you can be domiciled in a different country from the country in which you are ordinarily resident. Domicile is therefore not necessarily where you are living right now, but typically the place in which you have the…

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Below is a list of non-EEA countries: AFGHANISTAN ALBANIA ALGERIA AMERICAN SAMOA ANDORRA ANGOLA ANGUILLA ANTARCTICA ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ARGENTINA ARMENIA ARUBA AUSTRALIA AZERBAIJAN BAHAMAS BAHRAIN BANGLADESH BARBADOS BELARUS BELIZE BENIN BERMUDA BHUTAN BOLIVIA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA BOTSWANA BOUVET ISLAND BRAZIL BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY BRUNEI DARUSSALAM BURKINA FASO BURUNDI CAMBODIA CAMEROON CANADA CAPE VERDE CAYMAN ISLANDS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC CEUTA CHAD CHILE CHINA CHRISTMAS ISLAND COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS COLOMBIA COMOROS CONGO COOK ISLANDS COSTA RICA COTE D’IVOIRE CUBA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO DJIBOUTI DOMINICA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ECUADOR EGYPT EL SALVADOR EQUATORIAL GUINEA ERITREA ETHIOPIA FALKLAND ISLANDS FAROE ISLANDS…

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If you’re a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will ordinarily be subject to UK immigration control. This means you must have valid permission to enter and remain in Britain. [toc] Which are the EEA countries? Under current UK immigration rules nationals of the following countries are not subject to immigration control in the UK: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Although Switzerland is not…

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Under Article 14(1) of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, anyone who faces persecution in their home country may seek asylum. To be eligible for asylum in the UK, it must be impossible for you to live with any degree of safety in your

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The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 outlines the conditions and restrictions placed on employers regarding asylum seekers and refugees seeking work in the UK. This legislation was further clarified and amended in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and the Immigration Act 2016.   Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 & Employing asylum seekers The

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Once you have made a claim for asylum, you may require help with housing and financial support while you wait for a decision to be made. Instead of claiming general UK benefits, such as universal credit, child benefit and housing benefits, you may be eligible for asylum support.   What is asylum support? The purpose

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