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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.

Housing and welfare rights

Asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their status have very limited access to public sector housing and social security support. 

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. 

Exclusion from UKVI support

Asylum seekers can be excluded from receiving support for not making their claim as soon as reasonably practicable after arriving in the UK. 

UKVI support conditions

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

UKVI asylum claim decisions

The types of decisions that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can make following the asylum seeker’s application and their implications. 

Asylum seekers housing options

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

UKVI security of tenure

Asylum seekers have no security of tenure but have ways to complain about poor housing conditions or harassment. 

End of UKVI support

Reasons for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to suspend or withdraw support, the relevant notice period, and re-applying after withdrawal. 

Homlessness help after a positive asylum decision

After an asylum seeker receives a positive decision on their asylum claim, they become eligible for homelessness assistance and benefits. 

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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