Do you need Asylum in the UK?

If you find yourself in any of the following conditions, you will almost certainly need to apply for asylum in the United Kingdom and will require expert advice, assistance, and support:

  • You feel compelled to flee your country due to a threat to your life.
  • You have fled your country and are unable to return due to fear of persecution because of your religion, race, nationality, or political beliefs.
  • You are being persecuted in your home nation for any reason and require protection in a country with harsher laws and security.
  • Your country’s officials are incapable or unwilling to defend you

Individuals facing any of these situations who meet the criteria outlined in the 1951 Refugee Convention and/or the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 may be allowed to enter and remain in the United Kingdom as refugees. In order to achieve refugee status in the United Kingdom, an applicant must file an asylum application.


This persecution must be because of:

  • your race
  • your religion
  • your nationality
  • your political opinion
  • anything else that puts you at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country, for example, your gender, gender identity or sexual orientation

You must have failed to get protection from authorities in your own country.

When your claim might not be considered

Your claim might not be considered if you:

  • are from an EU country
  • travelled to the UK through a ‘safe third country’
  • have a connection to a safe third country where you could claim asylum

Generally, a safe third country is one that:

  • you’re not a citizen of
  • you would not be harmed in
  • would not send you on to another country where you would be harmed

Documents you must provide

 For your asylum screening, you’ll need paperwork for yourself and your dependents (partner and children under the age of 18).

  • travel documents and passports
  • Identification documents, such as identity cards, birth and marriage certificates, or school records, and
  • anything else you think may support your application

Why you need our help?

  • The process of seeking asylum and submitting an application, like any other legal procedure, is fairly complicated.
  • Not everyone can understand the country’s complicated legislation.
  • Only professional asylum caseworkers can advise you on the pre-determined criteria that must be completed in order to be granted asylum.
  • You must determine whether you are eligible for asylum in the United Kingdom; otherwise, your application will be denied immediately.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can an asylum seeker work in the UK?

Those who apply for asylum in the United Kingdom are usually not allowed to work while their case is being processed. Asylum seekers whose claims have been unresolved for more than 12 months due to no fault of their own may be granted authorization to work by the Home Office.

How long can asylum seekers stay in the UK?

5 years

What rights do asylum seekers have UK?

These rights include the right to lawful residence in the United Kingdom, which includes the ability to work, study, claim housing and social benefits, and get free healthcare. Under the refugee family reunion process, refugees have the right to reunite with their partners and children.

Can you go back to your country after asylum UK?

In most cases, refugees are not permitted to return to their native country. The provision of refugee status is based on the assumption that it is dangerous to return home. Going back would signal that your country’s situation has improved and that refugee status is no longer required.

How do I claim asylum in the UK?

Although UNHCR recognises and registers refugees in other countries, it is not the function of UNHCR UK to decide who is and is not granted asylum in the UK. Under the principles of the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, the Home Office (HO) of the United Kingdom (UK) is responsible for receiving and deciding asylum claims in this country. As a result, asylum applications should be sent directly to the UK HO. This is normally only available for people who are already living in the UK.

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