After your screening

After your screening your case will be given to a caseworker.

You’ll be sent an asylum registration card (ARC) to your UK address, unless you’ve been detained.

If the Home Office can’t send you an ARC immediately, they’ll send you an appointment letter telling you what to do next.


You’ll have an asylum interview with your caseworker. They’ll make a decision about your application.

They’ll also explain the asylum process and tell you what to do while you wait for an asylum decision, such as go to regular reporting meetings.

You may be detained if you don’t go to your reporting meetings.

Tell your caseworker if you have any special needs, for example if you have a disability or need medication.

Your ARC

The ARC shows you’ve applied for asylum. You can use it to:

  • show who you are
  • show whether you have permission to work
  • get health or education services

You must take your ARC with you when you go to your reporting meetings.

If you haven’t received your ARC or you’ve lost it

Contact Migrant Help to let them know. You’ll need to give them your Home Office or port reference number.

Migrant Help
Telephone: 0808 800 0630
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 3pm
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Being detained

You may be detained at an immigration removal centre while you wait for a decision on your application.

You’ll either be:

  • released if you get permission to stay in the UK
  • held until you’re removed from the UK if you don’t get permission to stay

You can also be detained and removed if it’s decided that another country is responsible for offering you asylum.

You may be able to appeal against the decision.

When you won’t be detained

You won’t usually be detained if you’re:

  • a child
  • elderly
  • a family with children
  • pregnant
  • accepted as being a victim of trafficking
  • able to provide independent evidence of torture
  • suffering from a mental or physical condition that can’t be managed, or presents a risk to others, in an immigration removal centre