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Asylum seekers housing and support rights

This content applies to England

Housing and support rights for asylum seekers who have applied to remain in the UK and are awaiting a decision, or who have received a decision.

Eligibility for UKVI support

To be eligible for support from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) an asylum seeker must be excluded from social or welfare support and at risk of destitution. 

UKVI asylum claim support decisions

Decisions that UK Visas and Immigration can make following the asylum seeker’s application for support. 

UKVI support and conditions

The type of support that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can provide and the factors considered when deciding whether to provide support. 

Accommodation for asylum seekers

Asylum seekers are housed in regions throughout the UK with no security of tenure. They can challenge dispersal in limited circumstances. 

End of UKVI support

Support from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will come to an end if a person is granted refugee status or other leave. It can also be suspended or withdrawn in certain circumstances. 

Support after an asylum application is refused

The availability and process of being granted support after an asylum seeker receives a negative decision on their claim. 

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