ILPA updates on the UKBA system

Making Asylum Claims
15th August 2011
The Asylum Process Guidance on the UK Border Agency website states:
The Asylum Screening Unit [based in Croydon] will accept asylum applications on a walk-in basis, but to complement this service foreign nationals can also choose to make an appointment.

However, as explained below, this statement is misleading. It has been misleading for several months. This information sheet provides information about how the UK Border Agency is currently accepting asylum claims. The information about how to make an asylum claim given in previous information sheets on “Making Asylum Claims” (in October 2009) is no longer accurate, and should not be relied upon.

See ILPA: An archive of information sheets is available at

See also:

Legacy Cases 8 – Cases Not Concluded: this provides information about the situation of legacy cases now that the Case Resolution Directorate has been closed

· Legal Aid 12 – Immigration Advisory Service (IAS): this provides information about the situation with the Immigration Advisory Service entering administration

· Detention of Children 5: this provides information about the opening of the pre-departure accommodation in West Sussex for detaining families and a change to notice of removal in some family cases