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What is the process to claim Asylum in the UK?

If you are in the UK and you want to remain as a refugee because you think it is unsafe to return to your country, you should claim asylum in the UK. Asylum seekers apply to remain in the UK on the ground of their situation as a refugee, meaning they do not apply based on their family, work, or studies in the UK.


Refugee status is defined under Article 14(1) of the 1948 Universal declaration on Human Rights and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. A refugee is a person who is unable return and live safely in their country of origin, due to persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or anything else that could put them at a serious risk or harm. This status is the major eligibility requirement for the asylum seeking, meaning that must be impossible for the asylum claimant to live with any degree of safety in their home country because of the persecution they may face there and the failure of the government to protect them.


The process for claiming asylum in the UK has four phases:

  1. Register your claim for asylum

  2. Attending the screening

  3. Attending the asylum interview

  4. Receive a decision


Step 1: Register your claim for asylum in the UK


If your personal situation meets the one described above, you should make your application as soon as you arrive in the UK, or as soon as you are aware of the situation in your country of origin if you are already in the UK. It is highly recommended th