Settlement – Humanitarian Protection

Humanitarian Protection was introduced in 2003 to help individuals who require protection, but who do not qualify under the Refugee Convention, the ability to stay in the UK. If you’re in the UK under the Humanitarian Protection scheme, our solicitors can give you the advice you need to stay in the UK indefinitely.
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Who can apply for settlement on the basis of Humanitarian Protection

Created to replace the previous ‘exceptional leave to remain’ visa, Humanitarian Protection, also known as HP, offers security for those who would be at risk of serious harm if they were sent back to their home country. It therefore includes reasons for risk that are not covered under the Refugee Convention.


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If you have been living in the UK on a residence card you may be able to apply to settle in the UK permanently.  Settlement in the UK is also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’, and you may be able to apply for this if you are:

  • A refugee
  • A person with humanitarian protection

Bringing dependants

You may also be able to include your partner and children on your settlement application if they are already in the UK with you.

If they are not currently with you, they may be able to apply to be reunited with you in the UK.

To find out if you can apply for settlement on the basis of humanitarian protection, get in touch with AWH Solicitors today. We can assess your situation and advise you on your options for staying or settling.

Our immigration solicitors have extensive experience helping people like yourself apply for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of humanitarian protection. To find out what we can do for you, get in touch.

Work and study restrictions

There are no restrictions or conditions preventing you from seeking or taking on work or study under this visa.

Convictions and criminal offences

If you have refugee status or humanitarian protection you can only apply for indefinite leave to remain as long as you haven’t:

  • Been convicted of an offence and sentenced to four or more years in prison
  • Been convicted of an offence and sentenced to between 12 months and four years in prison, unless a period of 15 years has passed since the end of the sentence
  • Been convicted of an offence and sentenced to less than 12 months in prison, unless a period of seven years has passed since the end of the sentence
  • Been convicted of (or admitted) an offence and given a non-custodial sentence (or other out of court disposal) within 24 months of your application
  • Caused serious harm or shown a particular disregard for the law

Assistance with your application

Our expert immigration solicitors have handled all manner of applications for clients in regards to asylum, HP and refugee status.

Just as with any visa application, no one can guarantee success. However, with AWH Solicitors on your side, you are guaranteed the very best chance at a successful outcome.

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