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Claiming asylum


This page explains who can claim asylum in the UK, the requirements you must meet, and how you should make your application.

The UK has a proud tradition of providing a place of safety for genuine refugees. However, we are determined to refuse protection to those who do not need it, and we will take steps to remove those who have no valid grounds to stay here.
 
Who can claim asylum?
The requirements that you must meet if you want to be recognised as a refugee.
 
How to claim asylum
Information explaining how and where you should claim asylum.
 
Human rights applications
If you do not qualify for refugee status, we may give you temporary permission to stay for humanitarian or other reasons. 
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New immigration fees proposed

Today, 3 February 2014, the government announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services.

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New customer satisfaction survey

From 16 December 2013, if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey.

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Online payment to become mandatory in Pakistan

From 16 December 2013 all UK visa applications made in Pakistan must be paid for online.

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Immigration Rule changes - Armed Forces

Changes to the Immigration Rules will affect members of HM Forces and their families

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New visa application customer satisfaction survey

If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell us about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.

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Our application forms are changing

We are publishing new versions of the following application forms for use on or after 28 October 2013

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Immigration Bill introduced

The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.

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New commercial partner contracts announced

Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas

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Immigration Rule changes

Rule changes which come into effect on 1 October 2013 will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers

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