Asylum & Protection

Stabilising Your Future

On the face of it, refugee status and humanitarian protection seem like two sides of the same coin. Both are a form of international protection granted to a person in need. They give most of the same rights to work, study and access benefits.

But as we shall see, they are underpinned by very different legal frameworks, and refugee status is undoubtedly superior to a grant of humanitarian protection in several ways. In particular, refugee status can allow people to move towards permanent residence and citizenship in the UK much more quickly than humanitarian protection.

The Home Office is the government department that assesses an asylum seeker’s claim to international protection in the UK. There are several stages to this process.

First, officials will assess whether refugee status can be granted. If it can, they then have to decide which type of refugee status to grant: “refugee permission”, which lasts for five years, or “temporary refugee permission” which lasts for two and a half.

If the person is not entitled to refugee status, the decision-maker moves on to assess whether humanitarian protection can be granted. If not, they move on to see whether permission to stay should be granted either under another paragraph of the Immigration Rules or on a discretionary basis.

At Quick Immigration Solutions, we will guide you through every stage of your Asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave to Remain application.

New changes to Asylum

Prior to 28th June 2022, refugee status always gave a person five years of permission to stay in the UK, with permission to work and study, and access to the NHS and benefits. Those who apply on or after that date may instead get two and a half years’ “temporary refugee permission”. They still have refugee status and the right to work etc.

Refugees have the right to seek family reunion with family members left behind, although those with only temporary permission have more limited reunion rights. This group will also need to wait for ten years before applying for settlement (aka “indefinite leave to remain”), whereas people with non-temporary refugee permission can apply for settlement at the end of their five-year period. In both cases, this is assuming there has not been a significant change in their circumstances or the circumstances in their country of origin.

At Quick Immigration Solutions, we will help all our vulnerable clients with their Section 95 support from start to finish.

Travel Documents

We can help you apply for a travel document application for someone granted humanitarian protection/discretionary leave to remain.

If you wish to apply for a travel document, please contact our office directly to speak to one of our legal experts.

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