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Uganda - Applying for a Refugee Visa

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  1. Applicant files a refugee / asylee relative petition along with documents verifying relationship for instance marriage certificates and birth certificates;
  2. Documents are viewed by the authorized office to confirm relationships and eligibility;
  3. After viewing documents are either approved or rejected;
  4. If approved, the application is then forwarded to the immigration office or appropriate embassy.
  5. Beneficiaries are interviewed to verify identity.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Identification cards
  • Marriage certificates
  • Birth certificates

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Refugee Law Project
PO Box 33903
Phone: 256-41-343-556

The Office of the Prime Minister
Refugee Department
P.O. Box 341
Kampala, UGANDA

The UNHCR Representative in Uganda
Plot 18, Prince Charles Drive Kololo
P. O. Box 3813Kampala, Uganda
Phone : +256 41 4231231
Website :

Immigration office, Head Office
Plot 75 Jinja Road
P. O. Box 7165 / 7191 Kampala - Uganda
Telephone contact: + 256 414 595 945
Fax: +256 414 348 707

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  • People resettled in Uganda as refugees or who have been granted asylum can apply for their spouse or minors and it should be within two (2) years.
  • Those adjusted to permanent resident after previously having had the status of refugee or asylum


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It is usually one (1) year then renewed

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

The process could take about a month or more.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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  1. Beneficiaries must meet the normal standards for refugees regarding excludability.
  2. Applicant must have received his / her status through adjudication not derivative basis.
  3. Should be filled within two years.
  4. Beneficiaries are spouse, children under 18 and even if not married.
  5. Asylum seekers must prove that they have a well-founded fear of future persecution for instance based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and/or political opinion.;
  6. The persecution must either be carried out by the government or a group the government cannot control.
  7. A person who is granted political asylum may remain in the Uganda indefinitely and may apply for permanent residence after one year;
  8. Dependants above eighteen (18) years apply independently;
  9. Conform to all laws and regulations of the country;
  10. Conform to all measures taken for the maintenance of public order;
  11. Should not engage in activities which may endanger state security, harm public interest or disrupt public order;
  12. Should into engage in any political activities;
  13. Should not undertake any activities against another country;
  14. If engaged in gainful employment, one is obliged to pay taxes accordingly.

Required Information[edit]

  • Detailed information of applicant;
  • Contact address
  • Date of birth of applicant
  • Relationship details with beneficiary
  • Details of beneficiary
  • Age of beneficiary
  • Nationality

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Need for the Document[edit]

The Refugee Visa is issued to persons fleeing the dangers of persecution, a war or a natural disaster.

Information which might help[edit]

You must be outside Uganda when you apply for a Refugee visa and must also be outside Uganda when a visa is granted.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

The processes enable beneficiaries to:-

  • Stay in Uganda indefinitely
  • Work and study in Uganda
  • Enroll in any schemes for some social services like health-related care and expenses
  • Access certain social security payments
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (after you have lived in Australia for four years)
  • Propose family members for permanent residence
  • Attend English language classes.

External Links[edit]

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