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How to claim asylum in the UK

If you are currently in the UK and have fled your home country due to a fear of persecution then you should consider claiming asylum in the UK.

To be recognised as a refugee you must be unable to return to your home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution for one of the following reasons:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Membership of a particular social group.

You need to make your asylum application at the Asylum Screening Unit in Croydon. You will need to contact them to book an appointment and then when you attend you will be given a short interview known as a Screening Interview. You will need to produce your passport or identity card to establish your identity and nationality. The Home Office will take your fingerprints, photographs and you will be asked some basic questions. If you have a partner or children they will also need to attend so they can be added onto your claim as dependants.

Once the Screening Interview has taken place you will then need to wait to hear from the Home Office for your full asylum interview. You will be allocated a case owner who will deal with every aspect of your case, they will be your point of contact throughout your application. In readiness for this interview you will need to collate any evidence you have in support of your asylum claim and also prepare a written statement.

At the substantive asylum interview you will be asked questions to explain your reasons for seeking asylum. You must be able to satisfy your case owner about who you are, where you are from and your reasons for claiming asylum. You are entitled to an interpreter at the interview if you require one.

You will then need to wait for a decision to be made on your claim. If you are granted asylum then you will be given 5 years refugee status. If however you are refused, then you will be able to appeal against the decision.

If you would like further information or advice on claiming asylum then please contact our Immigration solicitors on 0808 168 5550 or email

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