Support from the UK Border Agency
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The UK Border Agency provides support and accommodation to asylum seekers in the UK who claimed asylum on or after 3 April 2000 and either have nowhere suitable to stay or no money to cover the cost of living. This section provides information on how to access support from the UK Border Agency.
UK Border Agency provides financial support and accommodation to eligible people who come to the UK seeking asylum. Find out more on the UK Border Agency here
You should be eligible for support from the UK Border Agency if you are an asylum seeker. Find out more about eligibility for asylum support.
You can apply for support from the UK Border Agency at any time before you get a final decision on your asylum claim. Check how to apply, where to get help with your application and what happens once next.
If your application is successful, the UK Border Agency will provide you with support. It should make sure you have housing and money to meet essential needs until your asylum claim is decided.
It is really important that you tell the UK Border Agency about any major events or changes that happen in your life or the life of anyone else in your family.
If you lie when you apply for support from the UK Border Agency or don't tell them when your circumstances change then your support could be stopped. What can you can do in this situation?
If the UK Border Agency has refused to provide you with support or if it has withdrawn the support that you were receiving, you might be able to make an appeal to the Asylum Support Tribunal (AST). This page explains how.
If you are an asylum seeker and you're being abused by your partner or a member of your family then there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself from harm.
If you are experiencing racial harassment then there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.