I am waiting for an interview with the Home Office – what is the current situation with these?
Many asylum applicants travel a long way to have a substantive asylum interview, which can be a lengthy interaction taking several hours. On that basis, on 19 March 2020 UKVI has decided to pause face to face substantive asylum interviews until further notice. They are considering other ways to find the information needed to make decisions; digitally, by telephone and by post/ email, for example. UKVI can already interview people digitally from its offices or onsite in other locations in some circumstances and are looking for support from digital colleagues to do that in a different way that doesn’t involve travel to one of their offices. On that basis, they hope – availability of staff and applicants allowing – to be conducting those substantive asylum interviews again soon.