How to Applying for a Refugee Visa In Uganda

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  1. Contact the Settlement Commandant for registration . visit the Crime Intelligence office at Old Kampala Police Station to sign up. You will be issued the card along with the date for registration.
  2. At the time you are scheduled on the scheduled date, go at your Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with your family members. Bring all the documents that could help make your identity and personal your profile more clear.
  3. You will receive an attestation for Temporary Asylum Seekers that is renewable for three months after the issue date, and each month thereafter.
  4. After you have registered at OPM after which you have to return to the Crime Intelligence Offices at Old Kampala Police Station to undergo another interview to determine the determination of your refugee status.
  5. Your status is determined through your status is determined by the Refugee Eligibility Committee (REC). The decision is communicated to you by OPM. Office of the Prime minister department of Refugees (OPM) and upon this, you will receive the refugee card, which permits the refugee to stay forever in Uganda

Required Documents For Applying for a Refugee Visa

  • Documents that prove your identity from your country of residence e.g. ID card, driver licence
  • Education certificate
  • Letter of support
  • Valid passport
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate

Office Locations and Contacts

Refugee Law ProjectPO Box 33903
Phone: 256-41-343-556

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

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

immigration office Head Office
Plot 75 Jinja Road
P. O. Box 7165/ 7191 Kampala 7165, Kampala Uganda
Contact phone number: +256 414 595 945
Fax: +256 414 348 707


  • People who are resettled into Uganda in the form of refugees, or were granted asylum are able to apply for the spouse of their minors, and this should be by the end of two (2) years.
  • People who have been reclassified as permanent residents who previously held the status of asylum or refugee


  • Free without charge


  • It usually lasts for one (1) year and then renewed.

Processing Time

  • The process could take 1 month or more.


  • Beneficiaries must meet the usual criteria for refugees with regard to the exclusion of.
  • The applicant must have obtained the status of an applicant through adjudication and not on a on a derivative basis.
  • The position should be filled in the next two years.
  • Beneficiaries are spouses as well as children younger than 18 even if they are not married.
  • Asylum seekers need to show that they have a valid fear of being targeted for future persecution, for example, that based on nationality, race, religion or membership in a specific social group, or on the political views. ;
  • The persecution has to be conducted by the government or by a organization that the government is not able to be able to control.
  • Anyone who is granted political asylum is able to stay in Uganda for an indefinite period and apply for permanent residence within one year.
  • Dependents over the age of 18 (18) years old can be enrolled independently;
  • Respect all rules and regulations of the country.
  • Respect all measures adopted to maintain public order.
  • It is not advisable to engage in actions that could jeopardize the security of the state, hurt the public interest, or disturb the public order.
  • If you are tempted to engage in any form of political activity;
  • Do not engage in any activity that are aimed at another country.
  • If one is employed for gain the employee is required to pay the appropriate taxes.

Requirements Information

  • The applicant’s complete information;
  • Contact details
  • The date of birth of the applicant
  • Information about the relationship with the beneficiary
  • Information about the beneficiary
  • Age of the beneficiary
  • Nationality

Need to have the Document

  • Refugee Visa Refugee Visa is issued to people fleeing dangers caused by the persecution of a war, natural disaster. It permits them to live and move around freely within the nation that is the host country.

Information that could be helpful

Rights and responsibilities as refugees in Uganda

As a refugee from Uganda Your rights and obligations are protected in the law.

You’re entitled to:

  • To be issued the identity document.
  • To stay in Uganda as long as your refugee status is still valid. [NOTE]
  • To receive fair and equal equality of treatment and without prejudice.
  • Elementary education to the elementary level.
  • To dispose of and own the property.
  • to practice a profession and to have access to job opportunities.
  • Freedom of association and movement with certain restrictions.
  • The freedom to move around Uganda.
  • A travel document must be carried unless national security reasons demand the need for.

This is the obligation:

  • To comply with all regulations and laws that are in the force in Uganda. Follow the measures to maintain public order.
  • Beware of engaging in actions that could jeopardize the security of the state, undermine the public interest or disturb the public order
  • Avoid engaging in political activities , whether on a national or local scale.
  • To not undertake any kind of political activity within Uganda against any other country, which includes their countries of the country of.
  • To pay taxes in line to the laws applicable in Uganda when working for a profit.

While it is legal to work for asylum applicants in Uganda Please be aware that employment opportunities are not common.

External Links

Ministry of internal Affairs
Directrate of immigration and citizenship



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