UK Refugee Visa

UK Refugee Visa

To stay in the UK as a refugee, apply for asylum - Visa for Stateless Persons is for foreign nationals living in the UK.

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Temporary Refugee Visas are for individuals who are about to enter the United Kingdom and are at the border because they were forced to flee their country due to grave threats to their life. This visa must be applied for from within the United Kingdom.

The visa is temporary, valid just until the visa holder is no longer in danger and is able to return to their country. Visa for Stateless Persons is for foreign nationals living in the United Kingdom who are not citizens of any other country. This visa is valid for a period of two to six years with the potential of extension.

UK Refugee/Asylum

To be granted UK refugee status in you must apply for asylum. To be eligible, you must have left your home country and cannot return due to persecution.

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The UK Government makes it extremely difficult for asylum seekers to enter the United Kingdom (UK). This is especially true now that the Government has passed the Nationality and Borders Act 2022.

Applying for asylum in the UK

You are allowed to apply for fo asylum in the UK if you have fled your country of origin and are unable to return due to a fear of persecution as a result of:




Membership in a specific social group

Political viewpoints

Claiming asylum in the UK

If you are in serious threat of danger/harm in your country of origin or residence and want the UK to provide international protection, you can apply for asylum while in the country.

Claiming asylum from outside the UK is not possible, and there is no visa that allows people to enter the UK to claim asylum. As a result, most people attempt to enter the UK without permission.

Qualifying for asylum in the UK

A person seeking asylum is someone who is fleeing persecution or has been subjected to violence or human rights violations. A refugee is someone who has requested and been granted refugee status.

If you qualify for asylum, you and your dependents may be granted permission to remain in the UK for five years. This is referred to as ‘leave to remain.’ You are allowed to apply to settle in the UK after five years.

The Home Office can take months, if not years, to make an asylum decision, and there is a growing backlog of cases. Over 117,000 people awaited an initial decision on their asylum case at the end of June 2022.

A refugee visa is an official document that allows you to remain in another country if you are being persecuted in your country of origin.

How long does it take to get asylum in the UK?

The length of time it takes to get asylum in the UK can vary depending on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, the availability of evidence, and the current backlog of asylum applications. However, the Home Office’s target is to make a decision on an asylum application within 6 months.

In reality, it can take much longer than this. In the year ending June 2022, the average decision time for asylum applications was 14 months. This means that many people who apply for asylum in the UK have to wait for several months, or even years, before they know whether their claim has been successful.

There are a number of reasons why the asylum process can take so long. One reason is that the Home Office has a limited number of staff to process applications. Another reason is that the asylum process is complex and requires a lot of evidence. This evidence can be difficult to obtain, especially if the applicant has fled their home country in a hurry.

The long wait times for asylum decisions can be very difficult for people who are seeking protection in the UK. They may have to live in limbo for months or even years, not knowing whether they will be able to stay in the country. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, and it can make it difficult to rebuild their lives.

If you are considering applying for asylum in the UK, it is important to be aware of the long wait times. You should also be prepared to provide a lot of evidence to support your claim. If you are successful in your application, you will be granted refugee status, which will allow you to stay in the UK permanently.

For detailed information on specific parts of the UK Visa Process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us

Other UK Visa Types

A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United Kingdom. You can choose from the following:

You must also apply for the Standard Visitor Visa if you plan to study in the United Kingdom for a brief amount of time or if you need to transit through the nation.

You must notify a member of the UK Border Force, who is usually uninformed if you wish to claim asylum

If you are stopped by a member of UK immigration on your way into the country, you should immediately inform them of your desire to seek asylum.

If you are in the UK already and wish to seek asylum, you must call and make an appointment with the Croydon Screening Unit.

The asylum process in the United Kingdom differs depending on your circumstances. After filing your claim, you will be scheduled for a screening interview and assigned a caseworker.

A second interview, known as the Substantive Interview, will usually follow. Following that, your case will be considered, and a decision will be made.

During the asylum process, you may be asked to attend additional interviews or submit additional evidence.

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Permission to remain as a refugee for five years

If you are granted asylum, the UK may grant you and your dependents permission to remain there for five years. This is referred to as “leaving to remain.” You may seek to settle in the UK after five years.

To be eligible for asylum in the UK, you must meet the following criteria:

-You must be outside your home country.

-You must have a well-founded fear of persecution because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group.

-You must be unable or unwilling to return to your home country because of this fear.

The asylum process in the UK is complex and can take several months or even years to complete. The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. You will be interviewed by an immigration officer.
  2. Your case will be assessed by the Home Office.
  3. You may be granted asylum, refused asylum, or granted another form of leave to remain in the UK.
  4. If your asylum application is refused, you may appeal the decision.

As an asylum seeker in the UK, you have a number of rights, including:

-The right to apply for asylum.

-The right to a fair hearing.

-The right to legal representation.

-The right to financial support.

-The right to healthcare.

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