I have not made a claim for asylum
In the UK (which includes Scotland) 'asylum' is another word for protection.
To be able to stay in this country and be protected, you must first apply for asylum.
Applying for asylum
If you decide to apply for asylum, you should do so as soon as possible after you arrive in the UK.
You can contact Asylum Help which is an independent organisation funded by the Home Office to provide information and advice to people seeking asylum. Call 0808 8000 630. Asylum Help will tell you how to register your claim for asylum.
If you are afraid for your safety in Scotland then you should approach the police.
Scottish Refugee Council cannot offer a face-to-face advice service for people seeking asylum, but our website will continue to offer information about the asylum process:
- If you have recently arrived in the UK
- If you have been living in the UK for some time
- If you are here against their will or fear abuse
- If you are not in the UK and wish to claim asylum
In exceptional circumstances, we can give some emergency support. For example, with the assistance of Refugee Survival Trust, we can assist with travel from Scotland to Croydon in London where most people need to submit their claim for asylum.
Other immigration options
If you do not wish to apply for asylum but want to discuss your other immigration options, you should contact a legal representative.
List of legal representatives in Glasgow (PDF)
List of legal representatives in Edinburgh (PDF)
You can also contact the Home Office to find about applying for a work, student, spousal or other types of immigration status.