An Asylum Seeker is:

Someone who is waiting for the government to decide if they can stay, and receive status as a refugee.

A Refugee is:

a person who is recognised by the government as having a fear of being persecuted in their country for reasons of Race, Religion, Nationality, Membership of a particular group or Political Opinion.

    Different types of refugee status:
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) case resolution.
  • Exceptional Leave to Remain/Enter (ELR).
  • Humanitarian Protection (HP) usually 3 years.
  • Discretionary Leave (DL) if case will breech Article 8 of European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life) or he/she has a serious medical condition.
  • Unaccompanied Minor Discretionary Leave.
  • Case Resolution.
  • Refugees can apply for British Citizenship after 5 years