How To Apply For Asylum In The UK
There are a couple of ways you can apply for asylum in the UK.
- If you’re not currently in the UK you can apply as soon as you arrive if you meet the qualifying criteria above.
- If you’re already in the UK on another visa and circumstances in your home country are such that you believe it would no longer be safe for you to return there, you can also apply then. It’s important to do it as soon as you can though because the longer you wait to lodge an application the greater the likelihood becomes of it being denied
Registering Your UK Asylum Claim If You’re Already In The UK
Under certain circumstances someone already in the UK may need to make an asylum claim because the situation in their own country is such that they cannot safely return home. If this happens to you, you must make an appointment with the asylum-screening unit as soon as possible.
Permission To Remain In The UK For Asylum, Humanitarian Or Other Reasons
If your claim for asylum is successful you and any dependants who were included in your claim may be given ‘leave to remain’ in the UK for 5 years as refugees. At the end of that 5 years you can then apply to settle permanently in the UK.
If you don’t qualify for asylum you may instead qualify to remain in the UK on humanitarian grounds if your caseworker deems that it is unsafe for you to return to your home country. You and your dependants may then be granted ‘leave to remain’ in the UK for 5 years, after which you can apply to settle in the UK.
If you don’t qualify as a refugee (asylum) or on humanitarian grounds you may be granted permission for other reasons to remain in the UK for a period of time depending on your circumstances. You may also be permitted to apply to extend your stay or to settle in the UK towards the end of your stay.