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Getting support if your asylum claim fails

If you get a letter from the UK Border Agency telling you that your claim for asylum has failed then you should get advice straight away. Your support might be stopped and you will have to explore the other options available to you.

What should I do if my claim fails?

If your claim for asylum has been rejected then you should phone your solicitor or the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) straight away and let them know what has happened. Try not to panic. You might still be able to appeal against the decision or make a fresh claim to remain in the country. Your accommodation and support can be stopped if your claim for asylum fails, but in most cases there will be other ways for you to get support until you are able to leave the country.

How can I get support?

Generally, the UK Border Agency will withdraw your support once your claim for asylum has failed because you can no longer be classed as an asylum seeker. Depending on your circumstances you might be able to get further accommodation and support either from the Agency or from another source.

  • If you have any children under the age of 18 then the UK Border Agency will have to keep providing you with support and accommodation until you are able to leave the country.
  • If you are ill or if you have a disability then the council might have to keep providing you with accommodation and any care or support that you need.
  • If you are unable to leave the UK then you should apply for section four support. Section four support is given to failed asylum seekers who have no way of returning to their home country either because they are ill or because there is no safe route of travel.
  • If you are from Turkey or Cyprus you might be able to claim benefits and housing from your local council.
  • If you have to leave your home before you can apply for another kind of support then some voluntary organisations such as the Scottish Refugee Council or Positive Action in Housing might also be able to help you by giving you short-term, emergency housing.

Where can I get help?

Finding out that your claim for asylum has not been successful can be very upsetting and stressful, especially if you are having housing and support problems. Organisations such as the Scottish Refugee Council and Positive Action in Housing can put you in touch with counselling organisations and community groups that might be able to help you and your family cope during this difficult time.

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