It was after I finally found myself in the Home Office that my story of being in the UK as a asylum seeker began.
I came there with all my belongings, which were taken from me at the entrance for inspection.
I was also searched, after which they gave me a paper to write down my name. After a while they:
- called me for the first interview, provided with an interpreter (via Skype).
- took my passport, checked the visa and offered to return at its expiration (in a month). I refused.
- took my fingerprints and my picture.
- gave me a lot of different documents.
After that, I was allowed to leave. Usually, people in my situation are sent straight from the Home Office to social housing, which is what I was hoping for. But since I had previously worked in the UK and had savings, I was told that I could apply for social support after I had spent all my money.
I was offered some kind of hotel that was quite expensive for me, but I preferred to find accommodation on my own. I was notified that I needed to be frugal by spending my money and provide all checks and bank statements. After that, I took my belongings and left to explore Belfast and myself.
How often in your life events do not happen quite as you would like?