the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner [OISC Reg. No. F201200651]
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Family reunion for asylum seekers
People who flee to the UK to seek asylum can include their dependants in their application
for asylum, if those dependants have travelled with them to the UK. However, the
Home Office recognise that families can become fragmented in cases of asylum, depending
on the speed and manner in which the person has fled.
If you are a recognised refugee or have been given humanitarian protection in the
UK, the family programme reunion allows you to be reunited with your family members
(that is, those who were part of your family unit before you fled).
Under the Immigration Rules, only your pre-existing family (husband, wife, civil
partner or unmarried/same-sex partner, plus any children under 18 who formed part
of the family unit when you fled to seek asylum) can apply to enter the UK under
the family reunion programme. However, the Home Office may allow family reunion for
other family members if there are compassionate reasons why their case should be
considered outside the Immigration Rules.
Child dependent relatives
If you are a child (under the age of 18) and a relative of a person with limited
leave to enter or remain in the UK as a refugee or beneficiary of humanitarian protection,
you can apply for permission to remain in the UK (known as 'leave to remain').
If you are an adult dependent relative of someone in the UK with refugee leave or
humanitarian protection you can also apply to enter or remain in the UK.
A child relative of a person with limited leave to enter or remain as a refugee or
beneficiary of humanitarian protection can apply to extend their stay if they:
were previously granted leave to enter under this category;
Refugees who fear persecution in their own countries can apply for political asylum
in the UK. JK & Co Legal Consult in Tower Hamlets, London, provides professional
legal assistance to asylum seekers.
Asylum is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of
Refugees. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable
to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution because of your:
Political opinion; or
Membership of a particular group
If you do not qualify for recognition as a refugee but the Home Office thinks there
are humanitarian or other reasons why you should be allowed to stay in the UK, you
may be granted temporary permission to remain here.