If you're under 18
This information is for children applying on their own.
If you have an adult relative who’s claiming asylum you should apply as part of that relative’s application instead.
You’re not in the care of social services
You should use the walk-in service at the asylum screening unit.
If you have an adult who is legally responsible for you
The adult who is taking responsibility for your care must attend the walk-in service at the asylum screening unit with you.
If you’re living with several relatives the closest blood relative willing to take responsibility for you must attend.
The adult must provide proof of address and photo ID (passport or driving licence).
If you don’t have an adult who is legally responsible for you
You should go to the police or social services, or you can walk into the asylum screening unit.
You’re in the care of social services
You must book an appointment at the asylum screening unit by calling the appointment booking line.
Asylum screening unit appointments line
Telephone: 020 8196 4524
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:45pm
Friday, 9am to 4:30pm
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You’ll need the following information when you book your appointment:
- your name, date of birth and nationality
- the number on your passport or national identity document, if you have one - or the number on your birth certificate, if you don’t
- your foster carer’s name and contact details
- details of any medical conditions you have
For more information read the guidance on processing asylum applications from children.