Home Office decision
ⓘ Information card
It is common to experience a significant delay in receiving a decision on your asylum claim. The Home Office may take months, or even over a year to provide you with a decision.
If the Home Office make a positive decision on your asylum claim, you will be granted leave to remain in the UK. You will be granted Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection, or sometimes another form of leave to remain.
If your asylum application is refused by the Home Office, you are likely to have the right to appeal that decision (see next stage on the board). Many people are refused by the Home Office.
If the Home Office accepts your story and evidence and agrees that you need protection in the UK – they make a positive decision on your asylum claim – you will be granted leave to remain in the UK. You may hear this described as getting “immigration status”, “permission to stay in the UK”, or getting “papers”.
You may be granted Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection, or sometimes another form of leave to remain.
Please note that Group 1 and Group 2 refugee categorisations have been introduced very recently (following the Nationality and Borders Act coming into law), and little is known about how they will work in practice.
See Right to Remain Toolkit page on Home Office Asylum Decisions (grant of status/refusal) for more information.
Now read the problem card below. Discuss with a friend (or have a think if you’re doing this on your own) what you might be able to do in this situation. When you have finished discussing/thinking, click to reveal a suggested action.
⚠️ Problem card
You get a long and confusing letter from the Home Office saying that they do not believe the things you have told them, and they are refusing your asylum application.
(Many people are refused by the Home Office).