After receiving your refugee status, it can be confusing to know where you can access support, now that you are no longer seeking asylum. For instance, what do you do about how to get housing, social care, benefits, work, and bring family here?
This short blog outlines a number of resources that you can use to get started.
Rainbow Migration has created a useful guide which outlines how you can access mental health support, housing, benefits, education, training and employment following a positive Home Office decision.
You can read this guide here.
You can also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for advice after receiving your refugee status. They have created an information sheet detailing how you can get housing, and opening a bank account, working and getting a National Insurance Number.
You can access this information sheet here.
The Migration Justice Project, part of Law Centre Northern Ireland, have created a guide for people who have received Refugee Status, Humanitarian Protection, or Discretionary Leave to Remain. This guide includes information on rights, social security, Biometric Residence Permits and more.
You can read the Refugee Transition Guide here.
The Migration Justice Project’s guide is helpful, but please note that some of the information is Northern Ireland specific and may not be applicable to people living in the rest of the UK.
If you have received refugee status, you can apply to have your family members join you in the UK. This process is called ‘Family Reunion’.
Free Movement and Refugee Legal Support have drafted a user-friendly, detailed guide to family reunion which you can use to understand this process. Read the guide here.
Becoming a British Citizen
If you are granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK after spending 5 years in the UK. ILR is sometimes called ‘settled status’. You can learn more about applying for ILR here.
After having ILR for 12 months, and if you meet the ‘good character’ requirements, you can apply for British citizenship. This is sometimes called ‘naturalisation’. You can learn more about applying for British citizenship here.
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