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Uganda - Applying for a Refugee Visa

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Procedure[edit]

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Report directly to the Settlement Commandant for registration or Head to Crime Intelligence office at Old Kampala Police Station for registration.  You will be given a card and a date for further registration.
  2. On the scheduled date, report to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with your dependents. Bring all documents that might make your identity and profile clearer
  3. You will be issued with a Temporary Asylum seeker attestation, renewable after 3 months from the date of issue and thereafter every month
  4. After registration at OPM, you must report back to Crime Intelligence Offices at Old Kampala Police Station for a second interview for refugee status determination.
  5. Your status is decided by the Refugee Eligibility Committee (REC). The decision will be communicated by the Office of the Prime minister department of Refugees (OPM) on which you will be issued with a refugee card which allows the refugee to live permanently in Uganda.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Valid Identification documents from your home country e.g. ID card, driver licence
  • Education certificate
  • Letter of support
  • Valid passport
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Refugee Law Project
PO Box 33903
Kampala
UGANDA
Phone: 256-41-343-556
E-mail: info@refugeelawproject.org
http://www.refugeelawproject.org

The Office of the Prime Minister
Refugee Department
PLOT 9-11 APOLLO KAGWA ROAD
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 : http://www.unhcr.org

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
Website: http://www.immigration.go.ug
http://www.immigration.go.ug/content/contact-us

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Eligibility[edit]

  • 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



Fees[edit]

  • Free of charge

Validity[edit]

  • 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. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	



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Instructions[edit]

  • Beneficiaries must meet the normal standards for refugees regarding excludability.
  • Applicant must have received his / her status through adjudication not derivative basis.
  • Should be filled within two years.
  • Beneficiaries are spouse, children under 18 and even if not married.
  • 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.;
  • The persecution must either be carried out by the government or a group the government cannot control.
  • A person who is granted political asylum may remain in the Uganda indefinitely and may apply for permanent residence after one year;
  • Dependants above eighteen (18) years apply independently;
  • Conform to all laws and regulations of the country;
  • Conform to all measures taken for the maintenance of public order;
  • Should not engage in activities which may endanger state security, harm public interest or disrupt public order;
  • Should into engage in any political activities;
  • Should not undertake any activities against another country;
  • 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 and enables him/her to be able to reside and move freely within the country that is hosting him/her

Information which might help[edit]

Your rights and duties as a refugee in Uganda

As a refugee in Uganda, your rights and duties are enshrined in law.


You have the right:

  • To be issued with an identity card.
  • To remain in Uganda while your refugee status still holds. [NOTE]
  • To fair and just treatment without discrimination.
  • To elementary education.
  • To own and dispose of property.
  • To practice a profession and have access to employment opportunities.
  • Of association and freedom of movement subject to certain restrictions.
  • To move freely within Uganda.
  • To have a travel document unless reasons of national security require otherwise.

It is your duty:

  • To conform to all laws and regulations currently in force in Uganda. Conform to measures taken for the maintenance of public order.
  • Not to engage in activities which may endanger state security, harm public interests or disrupt public order
  • Not to engage in political activities whether at local or national level.
  • Not to undertake any political activities within Uganda against any country including their countries of origin.
  • To pay taxes in accordance with the applicable laws of Uganda if engaged in gainful employment.

Despite the fact that employment is legal for asylum seekers in Uganda, please note that job prospects are rare.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Ministry of internal Affairs
Refworld
Directrate of citizenship and immigration

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Others[edit]

More information which might help people.