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 cannot send you an ARC immediately, they’ll send you an appointment letter telling you what to do next.

You might also be sent a ‘preliminary information questionnaire’. If you get one, fill it in and return it by the deadline - the address and deadline are written on the letter that comes with the questionnaire. If you cannot fill it in, call the Home Office asylum team. Their phone number is on the letter.

The Home Office will assume you’ve withdrawn your asylum claim if you get a preliminary information questionnaire and do not return it by the deadline.


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 do not 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 have not 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 do not 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 will not be detained

You will not 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 cannot be managed, or presents a risk to others, in an immigration removal centre