Asylum Seekers In Uk

Each and every year, the United Kingdom receives thousands of applications from people seeking Asylum. Some of these applications become rejected while the rest is accepted. In this blog, we would be learning the steps to take and requirements to meet in order to get your Asylum application accepted.

Application screening

Once you have decided to seek Asylum in the UK, it takes a minimum of 6 months for your application to be reviewed and accepted or it might take longer if the situation surrounding the reason for Asylum is complicated. Once your request has been accepted, you will be placed in either Group 1 or Group 2 category.

To get accepted in the Group 1 category means that you did the following:

(A) you went straight to the UK immediately from the country where your life was threatened

(B) You applied for Asylum immediately

(C) The authorities accept your request to stay in the UK.

Reasons other than the ones mentioned above will often land the person in Group 2 Category.

What to know as a Group 1 member.

When you fall into Group 1 category, means that you have permission to live for a minimum of 5 years then after that, you can submit an application to become a citizen of the UK.

What to know as a Group 2 member

You most likely will get permission to stay a minimum of 2 years and 6 months. Then after 10 years, you can proceed to submit your application to become a citizen of the UK.


You stand the risk of getting 2 years in prison or you can be asked to leave the UK immediately if your documents are to be found fake.

Amenities to receive as an Asylum seeker in the UK

(A)Accommodation: you are entitled to accommodation even though you are not the one to Mark out the particular area you choose to live in.

(B) Cash income: you are entitled to financial help as each member of your family receives €45 so you will be able to afford food, clothing, and other accessories.

But remember that if you are seeking Asylum with your family, each and every one of them will have to personally write and process their application.

(C) HealthCare: you would be given access to the National Health Service (NHS) which includes free prescriptions for drugs, free dental check-ups, free eye checkups, and also helps in paying for eyeglasses.

(D) Education: children aged 5 to 17 years have access to a state school that is free.


A person who is an Asylum seeker doesn’t have permission to be granted work that gives him a salary or wages for the time being. Rather he is advised to pick up volunteering offers as a means of giving back to the society that has helped him.

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