Asylum is a complex area of immigration law and that is why seeking professional advice at the onset is the key to improving your chance of success. Irrespective of your mode of entry in the UK legally or illegally, you enjoy rights and those rights must be secured by way of an application to the Home Office or indeed by appealing a decision of the Home Office.
You should apply when you arrive in the UK or as soon as you think it would be unsafe for you to return to your own country. You run the risk of you application being refused if you wait or delay in making the asylum claim. You can make an asylum claim if you fear persecution on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, or you belong to a particular social group that puts you at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country, for example, your gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.
You must have failed to get protection from authorities in your own country.
You can include your partner and your children under 18 as ‘dependants’ in your application if they’re with you in the UK.