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UK Asylum


The United Kingdom is a signatory of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. As such we have an obligation to consider all applications for asylum made within the UK or at our ports of entry. Each application for asylum is considered on its individual merits to determine whether the applicant can demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in a particular country for one of the Convention reasons (ie: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion).

This Government is wholly committed to delivering a fairer, faster and firmer immigration and asylum system. The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 introduces fundamental changes to the asylum system and includes measures to discourage unfounded applicants, whilst providing protection for those in need.

Key measures in the Act include:

Created a single, comprehensive right of appeal to speed up the system and help to decide most initial asylum decisions within two months and most appeals in a further four months.


There is a misconception about eligibility to asylum. Generally speaking most Pakistanis are not eligible for asylum under the  UN Convention for refugees and will be treated as "illegal entrants" by the authorities in the UK.  Most people are now detained on arrival  and sent to Oakington Detention Centre pending the outcome of their appeal.  Asylum  cases  are dealt with fairly quickly, most new cases  in a matter of few months. Although the UK Government provides some financial assistance however, you are prohibited from taking up employment and if found in breach of the immigration rules you are likely to be either detained or in some cases deported immediately.  Therefore, all those budding refugees are warned of  the difficulties  and hardships that they are likely to face. The only people who benefit  are  the human traffickers, who charge extortionate fees to send people abroad. You would be better off by investing your hard earned money in Pakistan instead.

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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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