Legal

Support workers give the young person an overview of the asylum process and the different meetings they will need to attend. They are provided with a translator and support throughout the asylum seeking process.

Weeks 1-2

NEEDS: 

  • Screening interview
  • NRM paperwork

Support workers give the young person an overview of the asylum process and the different meetings they will need to attend.  The young people are encouraged to share the full truth of their story and to provide any documents that will help their case.  They are encouraged that they will be supported through this process.

The screening interview is arranged by the Home Office and a support worker accompanies them to this, going to the relevant Home Office base (depending on the local authority).

Useful Resources

Asylum legal system overview – information for young people

Months 1-4

NEEDS: 

  • Solicitors appointments
  • NRM paperwork
  • ARC Card allocated

Following the screening interview, the young person needs to be registered with a local solicitor who will help them prepare their case and ensure they are ready for future Home Office meetings.  The registration is completed by either the social worker or the support worker.

The support worker accompanies the young person to these meetings and sits in to support them as they share their, often harrowing, story.

If the young person is a suspected victim of trafficking then, working with the Social Worker, NRM paperwork is completed and sent off to the UK Human Trafficking Centre.  This information is shared with the solicitor.

Useful Resources

Information regarding the NRM via website.

Semi Independence

NEEDS: 

  • Substantive interview
  • Share decision and follow up

After 4-6 months the young person should receive confirmation of the substantive interview date.  In the lead up to this date they are supported to attend additional solicitors meetings as preparation.

The support worker will take the young person to the interview and wait to support them afterwards.

After around 3-4 months the young person should receive a letter informing them of the decision.  The support worker accompanies them to the solicitors to hear this decision and if follow up is required appropriate appointments are made.

Move to Independence

NEEDS:

  • Support through appeals process if required

If the young person only received limited leave to remain or had their asylum refused and wish to appeal, the support workers link with the solicitor and arrange meetings relating to this.