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What is an ARC Card?

ARC Card stands for application registration card (ARC) The ARC is a credit card-sized plastic card issued by the Home Office to individuals who claim asylum. It certifies that you are an asylum claimant and can remain in the UK while your claim is pending. The ARC contains information about your identity or claimed identity.

My ARC Card is lost or has expired, what should I do?

You need to contact the Home Office and can do this online at Application registration card (ARC) enquiry ( You can also use this form if it has been lost or expired. A new ARC card will not be issued to individuals who have submitted a fresh asylum claim until the further submissions are accepted.

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