The British Government grants Full Refugee Status (FRS) to those it considers to fulfil the criteria of the Refugee Convention. It also grants Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR), usually for three years, and Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) to other asylum seekers whom it considers merit protection, but who do not meet the criteria of the Convention. This can be offered to all those coming from a country in which there is a clear breakdown in government. It can also be offered on compassionate grounds, for example to those "Where there is credible medical evidence that return would result in substantial damage to the physical or psychological health of the applicant or his dependents. In cases of doubt, a second opinion should be sought from a credible source." It is therefore essential that where this aspect applies in a case then applicants ensure that full and detailed representations are made to the Home Office and that a "credible" medical report is supplied as evidence in support. Requests for the medical documentation of allegations of torture are best made by the applicant's legal representative.
Government information on asylum
Home Office: the Immigration and Nationality Department offer a brief introduction - see also vital resources on HARP.
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