It is possible to seek asylum in the UK, but it is worth mentioning that it should not be done in order to solve one’s economic problems or out of simple unwillingness to return to one’s home country. To obtain asylum in this country, one must have a valid reason.
By the end of the summer of 2005 there was a law according to which those, who have managed to obtain refugee status in England, could live in this country permanently. However, everything changed on September 1, 2005, when the changes to the law were made. Since then, the residence permit shall be issued only for a period of 5 years. When this period expires, the government may review your status. Since the introduction of the law the emigration to England by way of asylum has become more complex. After 5 years of residence, the authorities may decide that you have nothing to be feared in your homeland.
Those who still managed to obtain a refugee status in the UK are very lucky as they can bring close relatives along. This adjustment does not apply to children who wish to submit documents in order to invite their parents.
In the nearest future emigration to Britain by way of asylum will take a different turn. The government promises to make the procedure of petitioning easier, so claims will be dealt with much more quickly than they are today.
Who can apply for asylum?
According to the UN Convention every person who has a well-founded fear of persecution in their country may apply for asylum in England. There can be various reasons for this fear:
- oppression on religious grounds;
- military actions;
- racial, political and social disagreements.
The result of such a petition depends on the reality of fear. It is necessary to consult an attorney before applying for British citizenship. They are obliged to clarify whether your reason for fear could be reasonable for the government of England to grant you asylum.
Who considers the petitions?
In the UK, a body that considers petitions for asylum is called the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
If you are interested in emigration from Europe by obtaining asylum in the UK, you can contact the following authorities:
- The immigration officer, which is located in every airport. This option is the most promising one, because it confirms the seriousness of resort. The likelihood that you are really in danger increases many times over in the eyes of the government of England.
- The official state office. This option is the most suitable for those who are in the country illegally, or want to extend the Student or Visitor Visa. However, a number of questions immediately arise when you contact the office staff, such as why you did not petition immediately upon your arrival in the country.
The officers will conduct an interview with an applicant to find out his true intentions. Depending on where the petition was filed and the reasons specified in the application, it can last from 40 minutes to 2 hours. At this time, such procedures take place:
- clarification of personal data and the means of arrival in the country;
- verification of identity documents.
At this stage, the applicant should not be asked the reason of why he wants to get asylum. At the interview the main aim is to ensure the legality of his arrival in the country and his good intentions towards the State. It is important to know that if a citizen, who is petitioning, has no identity document, it is best to contact an attorney.