Under 18s granted Discretionary Leave to Remain

What does Discretionary Leave to Remain mean?

Discretionary Leave to Remain means that you have been given permission to stay in the UK temporarily for a set amount of time. You will have to make an application for Further Leave to Remain when you are 17 years and 6 months old.

Showing you are part of your community

When you apply at age 17 years and 6 months, you need to show that you have become part of (integrated) into your local community. To do this, you should start to collect things such as:

  • School reports
  • College certificates
  • Birthday cards
  • Photographs of your time in Scotland

It is very important that you keep all of these things. You will also need to prove that the country you came from is still too dangerous for you to return to.

You will continue to be supported by a social worker until you are 18. Your social worker should help you with any changes to accommodation or support that you may experience when your status changes.

Chrysalis Youth Project (British Red Cross)

The British Red Cross runs a project called Chrysalis for young unaccompanied asylum seekers. The course teaches things like cooking skills and self awareness, and identifies college courses you could apply for.

For more information about Chrysalis phone the Red Cross Refugee Unit in Glasgow on 0141 331 4170. Ask for the Chrysalis project coordinator.