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asylum process

his section explains our process for considering applications for asylum. It tells you what you can expect while we are considering your application and after we have made our decision.

Since March 2007, every new asylum application is placed with a single person who will deal with every aspect of it from beginning to end. This person is known as a case owner.

The case owner aims to conclude your application within six months. This means that within six months:

you will start integration into life in the United Kingdom, if your application is successful; or
you will return home, either voluntarily or by enforced removal, if your application is unsuccessful.
We may detain you while we consider your application.

Once you have applied for asylum, there are six stages to the process:

  • Screening
  • Your case owner
  • Your first meeting
  • Your asylum interview
  • While you wait for our decision
  • Your asylum decision
As an asylum applicant, you have certain rights and responsibilities while you are in the United Kingdom.
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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.

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.

Online payment to become mandatory in Pakistan

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

Immigration Rule changes - Armed Forces

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

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.

Our application forms are changing

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

Immigration Bill introduced

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

New commercial partner contracts announced

Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas

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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