Asylum decision making guidance (asylum instructions)

Asylum policy guidance for decision making in asylum applications.

This collection contains asylum policy guidance used by UK Visas and Immigration to make decisions on asylum applications.


  1. Applications from abroad: policy
  2. Article 1D of the Refugee Convention: Palestinian refugees
  3. Assessing credibility and refugee status
  4. Exclusion under Article 1F of the Refugee Convention
  5. Checking a representative is legally authorised to provide immigration advice
  6. Code of conduct: interpreters working for UK Visas and Immigration
  7. Conducting asylum interviews
  8. Considering human rights claims
  9. Dependants and former dependants
  10. Disclosure of information relating to asylum applications
  11. Discretionary leave
  12. Doubtful and disputed nationality cases
  13. Drafting, implementing and serving asylum decisions
  14. EEA and EU asylum claims
  15. Family cases
  16. Family reunion
  17. File management
  18. Further submissions
  19. Gender issues in asylum claims
  20. Gender recognition in asylum claims
  21. Handling asylum claims
  22. Humanitarian protection
  23. Immigration and Asylum Act and the Refugee Convention
  24. Integration loans
  25. Issuing status documentation for grants of leave
  26. Language analysis
  27. Lost, stolen or incorrect status documentation
  28. Mandate refugees
  29. Medical evidence: non-medical foundation cases
  30. Medical reports: foundation cases
  31. Military service and conscientious objection
  32. Multiple applications
  33. Non-compliant claims
  34. Permission to work
  35. Refugee leave
  36. Restricted leave
  37. Reviewing refugee leave or settlement protection: full equality impact assessment template
  38. Revocation of refugee status
  39. Revoking indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  40. Settlement protection
  41. Sexual identity issues in asylum interviews
  42. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  43. Transfering refugee status - interim notice
  44. Transgender identity issues in asylum claims
  45. Translations for asylum claims
  46. Withdrawing asylum applications
  47. Writing minutes
Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 1 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Guidance on disclosure of asylum information to third parties added.
  2. Updated guidance on asylum process
  3. Added guidance on sexual identity issues in the asylum claim
  4. First published.