Refugeenotes: Inside the Home Office.

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?

21 Comments

  1. Orca Flotta says:

    “social housing, which is what I was hoping for”
    Didn’t you live anywhere in all the time since you arrived in NI?

    “How often in your life events do not happen quite as you would like?”
    Always.

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    1. Sofia says:

      I rented a house with my coworkers, but after finishing that job I became homeless. my employer gave me a week to move out 🙈

      Always!? And how do you feel about that? This should be frustrating and annoying! 😬

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  2. Kevin says:

    Quite a process, have you been able to work?

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    1. Sofia says:

      I came to the Northern Ireland on my work visa, but after claiming asylum you can’t work until your case in the process 🙂

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  3. I have no words honestly…..I hope that you can hold your head up high despite everything. Sending a hug from a stranger (me) to you across the miles. I wish there was something I could do to help you and others in your circumstance because if I could you have my word I literally would.

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you 🤗🤗

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  4. margaret21 says:

    Thanks to successive government policies, social housing is a vanishing commodity here in the UK, and the list of those seeking it, and in distressing circumstances, is far far longer than the quantity of social housing available. So don’t hold out the hope that you may qualify – I think it’s unlikely. Belfast is part of the City of Sanctuary movement. I don’t know how much, if any practical help they could give you, but they may be able to offer useful advice. https://belfast.cityofsanctuary.org/

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you! ☺️

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  5. whatever circumstances you are in Sofia, I just wish that God will give you more courage to tolerate and move forward in your life. ✌🤗

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    1. Sofia says:

      I feel good now and I even get used to this city and enjoying being here. But anyway thank you ☺️

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      1. pleasure dear 🥰

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  6. Things happen that we wish hadn’t, but it’s not that those things can’t be overcome. Our reaction to events greatly affects the outcome. Hugs to you.

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you! ☺️

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  7. MNSKY says:

    “How often in your life events do not happen quite as you would like?”

    I look at it as “the sweet and sour fruits” that come freely wid life. 😉 Show proof of how you spent your money…yeah, that’s sounds like a Govt ‘Thang, all around. ISW (Institute for the Study of War) says that Russia is having to move more troops ‘n military equipment (“artillery and aviation in particular”) to Crimea in response to the Ukrainian “Kherson and western Zaporizhia Oblasts” counteroffensive, and that Ukraine appears too finally be able to start “shaping the course of the war for the first time.” Hang in there…

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  8. Priti says:

    Wishing you wonderful days ahead ❤️

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you 🤗

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      1. Priti says:

        Welcome 🤗

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  9. rajkkhoja says:

    I pray 🙏 to go ahead!

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you 🤗

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  10. chattykerry says:

    I can’t imagine what it is like to go through the refugee process. As a child our family benefited from disability payments and school/college bursaries. It could be demoralizing dealing with bureaucracy and humiliating at times. An advocate helped my mum get her full benefit which she had not been receiving. She worked hard and payed tax so deserved her benefits.
    I wish you all the best with the process.

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    1. Sofia says:

      Thank you! ☺️

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