The English language page contains information from the Refugee Council in the English language. These fact sheets and information leaflets are for refugees and asylum seekers who speak English and who want to find out more about the asylum process.

All resources are in pdf format. You must have Adobe Acrobat to view these which can be downloaded simply.

Go to Refugee Council Services to find out about our One-Stop Services where you can get further advice and help. We can also provide interpreters to help identify your needs.

The Refugee Council website contains further information and resources and  is only available in English.

Your question can be answered by looking at the written information on this page.

This information is for people seeking asylum, some of the information may also be helpful for people who have been given permission to stay.

  • Applying for Asylum

    This leaflet is an overview of the process of applying for asylum. It explains the asylum procedure and what happens while asylum seekers wait for a decision. This leaflet does not give full explanation of the law but is a guide only.

  • Applying for asylum support

    Asylum seekers may need help with accommodation and living costs while they are waiting for a decision on their claim. This leaflet explains how people can get help with these.

  • Domestic abuse – do you need help?

    This short leaflet explains what is considered to be domestic abuse and how you can get help if you are expariencing it.

  • Maternity payments for parents seeking asylum

    This leaflet explains what maternity payments are available to parents who are seeking asylum and what they need to do to receive them.

  • Moving in with family or a friend

    This leaflet explains how you can apply to receive cash only support when you want to move from accommodation provided by UKBA to live with family or a friend. It also outlines what you need to consider before doing so.

  • Are you a victim of racial harassment?

    Some people may be attacked or insulted because of their racial or ethnic origin. This leaflet provides information about what steps people should take if these incidents happen to them.