We paired up with

the Right To Remain

team to get essential

parts of their extensively researched

toolkit, on claiming asylum in the UK,

translated into 6 languages.

This information is intended to help you better understand the asylum system in the UK. 


Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and your own legal case, is more important than ever. Cuts to legal aid (free, government-funded legal representation) mean that more and more people have no lawyer at all and are forced to navigate this very complicated system without legal representation.


Take an active role in your legal case. The Right to Remain Toolkit will help you do this. Even if you have a lawyer, it’s important to understand your own legal case – this is your case and your life and you need to keep track of what is happening and whether the lawyer is doing the things they should be.

Don’t try and get through this alone. Have good people around you who can support you. With people standing by you in solidarity, you are more likely to be able to keep going, and keep fighting for justice in your case.


If you arrive at a port or airport, you can present yourself to an immigration official and state that you wish to claim asylum. 


  • If you do not claim asylum upon immediate arrival in the UK you will need to call and make an appointment (020 8196 4524 )- this is to arrange you're screening interview.


For more information, check out the wonderful Right to Remain Website: https://righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/

The Screening Interview

This is the first interview that takes place after you have claimed asylum. You will be asked for personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, ethnicity, religion and family members). You will also be asked why you have come to the UK.

Please click on the links below for further information and translated guides.

The Substantive Interview

This is the second interview you will have when you will be asked detailed questions about your reasons for claiming asylum in the UK.

You will be asked difficult questions and you must be prepared to not be believed.

It is extremely important that the information you give in your screening interview matches the information you give in your substantive interview.

Please click on the links below for more detailed information and translated guides.

After a Refusal

If your asylum application is refused, you should try and get legal advice.

Under certain conditions, you have the right to appeal the decision.

Please click on the links below for more detailed information and translated guides.

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