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Asylum Immigration and Citizenship

Information relating to Asylum, Immigration and Citizenship matters in West Lothian.

Asylum

An asylum seeker is someone who has fled from their home country and is seeking protection in the UK. Asylum seekers are given temporary admission while the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) decides if they can stay permanently.

Asylum is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.  In order to be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution.

The UK Borders Agency website explains what services and support are available to you as an asylum applicant, while you are waiting for their decision on your application. For detailed information on Asylum processes within the UK, please see the UK Borders Agency website.

For impartial support or advice for asylum seekers or those with refugee status in Scotland, please visit the Scottish Refugee Council website.

Immigration

For detailed information on Immigration processes within the UK, please visit the UK Borders Agency website.

The West Lothian Council Advice Shop provides free, impartial advice on energy, benefits and housing issues. A Black and Minority Ethnic Development Worker is also based within the Advice Shop facility.

West Lothian Council Advice Shop
Bathgate Partnership Centre
Lindsay House
South Bridge Street
Bathgate
EH48 1TS
Tel. 01506 283000
Fax: 01506 283029

Citizenship

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants (aged 18 years or over) who are accepted for naturalisation as British Citizens are required to take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship, and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the British community.

Each year we welcome many new British Citizens into our community. If you make a successful application for British Citizenship, you'll receive a letter from the Home Office inviting you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony. You will be asked to contact the registration office and we will advise you of the date, time and venue of our next ceremony. You are expected to attend the ceremony within three months of receiving your letter.

Our ceremonies are held on the third Wednesday of every month at either our Livingston or Bathgate Registration Office.

During the ceremony each new citizen will swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the UK.

You will also be presented with:

  • Your Citizenship Certificate
  • An application form to join the list of Electors
  • A gift from West Lothian Council

We aim to make Citizenship Ceremonies enjoyable and meaningful celebrations and you will be able to bring up to four guests with you.

Please contact our Livingston or Bathgate Registration Office for further information or refer to the British Citizenship link.

Livingston Registration Office
West Lothian Civic Centre
Howden South Road
Livingston
EH54 6FF
Tel: 01506 281897

Bathgate Registration Office
Bathgate Partnership Centre
Lindsay House
South Bridge Street
Bathgate
EH48 1TS
Tel: 01506 282916