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Asylum process right and obligations

As an asylum applicant in the United Kingdom, you have the right to:

be treated fairly and lawfully regardless of your race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or any disability;
practise your own religion, and you are expected to show respect for people of other faiths;
have your application considered fairly and accurately;
have access to support and accommodation if you meet the requirements for it;
have access to free health care from the National Health Service (NHS); and
have legal representation. Free legal help may be available, depending on your income and your case. Your case owner can tell you more about this.
Various types of support may be available to you, depending on your circumstances. For more information, see Asylum support and Help and advice. You will not normally be allowed to work while we are considering your asylum application. For more information, see Employment.

Your responsibilities
Your responsibilities
As an asylum applicant in the United Kingdom, it is your responsibility to:

co-operate with the UK Border Agency and tell us the truth. It is a crime to make an asylum application that involves trying to deceive us. If you do this and are found guilty of it in a court, you may be put in prison, after which you may be deported;
stay in regular contact with your case owner, including keeping all your appointments;
obey the law (for examples, see Obeying the law);
care for your children (for example, an adult must always supervise children under the age of 16, and if they are aged between five and 16 they must have full-time education, usually at school);and
leave the United Kingdom if we refuse your application for asylum and any appeal you make is unsuccessful. But until we have made a decision on your application, we will not take any action to remove you or your dependants from 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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