Asylum: Questionnaires

Home Office written question – answered on 28 March 2023.

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Photo of Amy Callaghan Amy Callaghan Scottish National Party, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the accessibility of (a) translators, (b) legal representatives and (c) other support networks for people completing the asylum questionnaire within the 20-day period.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

The Streamlined Asylum Process is one way in which we will clear the backlog and policy guidance on this was published on 23 February 2023 Streamlined asylum processing - GOV.UK (

The asylum claim questionnaires are in English as is generally the case for immigration paperwork across the Department. If necessary, claimants can utilise legal representatives who can complete the questionnaire on their behalf. All asylum seekers are entitled to legal representation to support them, including with translation, through legal aid. Advice on obtaining a legal representative can be found on Find an immigration adviser: Search for an adviser - GOV.UK ( For those who are unable to return the questionnaire within 20 working days, a reminder will be sent to the claimant allowing a further 10-working days to complete and return it to the Home Office. A further extension can be requested where the timeframe cannot be met, for example because the claimant has serious medical conditions which is impacting their ability to respond to the questionnaire.

The intention of these questionnaires is to enable claimants to provide any further information about their claims after their initial screening interview upon arrival.

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