An asylum seeker is someone of any age who has fled his or her home country to find a safe place elsewhere.
A refugee is someone whose asylum application is successful.
Asylum seekers will often enter the country illegally and then submit an application for asylum, the process is then:
- Initial interview with Immigration officer (known as screening).
- Assessment by a caseworker.
It can take up to 6 months for an asylum application to be considered. During this time
- Asylum seekers can apply for support and accommodation.
- Normally they will not be allowed to work.
- Proof of circumstances will be asked for.
There is an appeals process if the case is turned down.
Asylum legislation is complicated so it is important that you get legal advice as soon as possible. Use our database of solicitors to find one suitable in your area.