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. Checking a representative is legally authorised to provide immigration advice
  5. Code of conduct: interpreters working for UK Visas and Immigration
  6. Conducting asylum interviews
  7. Considering human rights claims
  8. Dependants and former dependants
  9. Disclosure of information relating to asylum applications
  10. Discretionary leave
  11. Doubtful and disputed nationality cases
  12. Drafting, implementing and serving asylum decisions
  13. EEA and EU asylum claims
  14. Exclusion under Article 1F of the Refugee Convention
  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. Humanitarian protection
  22. Immigration and Asylum Act and the Refugee Convention
  23. Inadmissibility: third country cases
  24. Integration loans
  25. Language analysis
  26. Lost, stolen or incorrect status documentation
  27. Mandate refugees
  28. Medical evidence: non-medical foundation cases
  29. Medical reports: foundation cases
  30. Military service and conscientious objection
  31. Multiple applications
  32. Non-compliant claims
  33. Permission to work
  34. Refugee leave
  35. Restricted leave
  36. Reviewing refugee leave or settlement protection: full equality impact assessment template
  37. Revocation of refugee status
  38. Revoking indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  39. Settlement protection
  40. Sexual identity issues in asylum interviews
  41. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  42. Transfering refugee status - interim notice
  43. Transgender identity issues in asylum claims
  44. Translations for asylum claims
  45. Withdrawing asylum applications
  46. Writing minutes
Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 8 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. "Inadmissibility: third country cases" added to collection.

  2. Guidance on disclosure of asylum information to third parties added.

  3. Updated guidance on asylum process

  4. Added guidance on sexual identity issues in the asylum claim

  5. First published.