Human Rights & Asylum
If your claim is successful, you and your dependants may be given permission to stay in the UK for 5 years.
The persecution must relate to –
- Your race
- Your religion
- Your nationality
- Your political opinion
- Anything else that puts you in risk because of social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country
You must have failed to get protection from authorities in your own country.
When should you apply?
When you arrive in the UK or as soon as you think it would be unsafe for you to return to your own country. Be aware that your application is more likely to be denied if you wait.
How does the process look?
- A meeting with an immigration officer (‘screening’)
- An asylum interview with a caseworker
- A decision on your application within 6 months.
Work while claim is being considered
Usually you will not be allowed to work while your asylum claim is being considered. However, if you are given permission to work, you will not be allowed to become self-employed and you will only be allowed to take up a job, which is included on the list of shortage occupations published by UK Visas and Immigration.
You will be given or refused permission to stay in one of the following ways:
- Permission to stay as a refugee- you will get Refugee Status, which lasts for 5 years
- Permission to stay for humanitarian reasons- you will get Humanitarian Protection, which lasts for 5 years and is subject to review
- Permission to stay for other reasons- you will get a permission to stay in the UK. The length of the permission is granted depending on your situation
- No reason to stay- you will be asked to leave the UK, you may be able to appeal against the decision