Can I stay in private housing while registering my application at the National Arrival Centre?
It is voluntary to stay at the National Arrival Centre and in asylum reception centres. If you already have somewhere you can stay, you may choose to live there. We do recommend that you stay at the National Arrival Centre until you have completed the following activities:
- Registration of application
- Identification of identity
- Tuberculosis test
If you leave the National Arrival Centre before completing the process, the application process might come to a halt. It may then take longer for you to receive an answer to your application.
If you choose to stay in private housing
If you stay in private housing, you may apply for alternative to reception centre (external website). If you stay in private housing, and you have not applied for alternative accommodation to a reception centre, you must apply for settlement with public assistance (external website).
If you stay in private housing, you are entitled to health care from a doctor or hospital and the right to receive certain types of medication. If you need medical attention, you can contact a doctor where you live. If you have children, they have the right to go to school.