UK Visas and Immigration support
If you are unable to support yourself and your family while your asylum application is being considered, you may be eligible for financial support provided by UK Visas and Immigration to buy essentials such as food, clothing and toiletries and/or suitable housing. If UK Visas and Immigration provide you with housing, you will have no choice about where you live and it is unlikely that you will get to live in London or South East England.
Cash support for asylum seekers from UK Visas and Immigration is less generous than mainstream benefit rates from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The current rates of support are:
Qualifying couple (married or in a civil partnership): £72.52
Lone parent aged 18 or over: £43.94
Single person aged 18 or over (not lone parent): £36.95
Single person aged 16/17: £39.80
Person aged under 16: £52.96
If you are a woman who is pregnant or with children under three, you can receive extra money to help you buy healthy food:
Pregnant women receive an extra £3 a week
A baby under the age of 12 months receives an extra £5 a week
Children aged between one and three years receive an extra £3 a week
If you are pregnant, you may also be able to receive a one-off £300 maternity payment, if you meet certain requirements. This money is to help you with the costs of having the baby.
How to apply for support
Each asylum seeker will have a 'case owner'. If you are eligible to receive support, and sign an agreement to say you will obey the conditions upon which the support is provided, your case owner will arrange for you to collect money from a post office near where you live.
To collect your cash support, you must show your asylum application registration card.