If you cannot travel to Croydon because of health reasons Home Office will require a letter from a GP to confirm that you are unfit to travel.
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You can apply for asylum to the immigration officer on arrival at the port of entry, for example, at an airport or seaport or at the Home Office in Croydon after you have entered the UK. You may, for example, have entered the country illegally, or legally on a student, visitor or business visa.
The Croydon Asylum Screening Unit is based at Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY.
Under very exceptional circumstances it may be possible to have your asylum application recorded and screened at a Local Enforcement Office. This may apply to unaccompanied children and those whose condition is such that they cannot reasonably be expected to travel to Croydon.
If you need telephone or face-to-face advice on your asylum claim, you can contact Migrant Help.
Migrant Help is an independent organisation funded by the Home Office to provide information and advice to people seeking asylum. Call 0808 801 0503.
You’re entitled to a legal representative to help you with your asylum claim.
Find out more about the most up-to-date rates of support.
ARC card – Application Registration Card When you claim asylum, the Home Office will issue you with an ARC card – Application Registration Card. You must keep this card as you will receive your financial support on it.
Access health care in an emergency?
If you or a family member is seriously ill or badly hurt, you should attend Accident and Emergency (A&E) at your local hospital. If you need an ambulance to take you to Accident and Emergency, you should phone 999. 999 is an official emergency telephone number, which will allow you contact emergency services for urgent assistance; it is only to be used in an emergency
Accident and Emergency (A&E) at the hospital is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
No appointment is necessary to attend Accident and Emergency at the hospital but there may be a lengthy wait to be seen by a doctor or nurse
There will also be many new opportunities available to you: when you receive status, you have the right to work and open a bank account. You may also apply to be reunited with your family in Scotland, and eventually apply for British citizenship.
We can offer advice, identify options and tell you about how to get more involved in your local community.
Getting legal advice
For contact details of legal representatives: