Asylum will be given if the Home Office is satisfied that you are a refugee, that you have left your country and are unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution because of your:
- political opinion; or
- membership of a particular social group.
From what you have said, you may qualify on the basis of your political opinion, which you have already expressed and in relation to which you have already been beaten. You should therefore apply on that basis.
Once you arrive in the UK, you should book an appointment to attend the asylum screening unit in Croydon (south of London). If you want your wife and children to be part of your application, you must take them with you.
You should telephone the unit to book an appointment. Here are the details:
Phone: 020 8196 4524 for appointments
Address: Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9 2BY
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08:00-13:00.
The appointment line is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:45.
When you go to the asylum screening unit, you will need to take with you:
- your passport, and the passport(s) of your wife and children;
- police registration certificates, if you or any members of your family have them;
- other identification documents which help to establish your identity and nationality - these may include identity cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, school certificates and membership cards;
- any other documents that will support your application; and
- documentary evidence of your accommodation - this may include recent bank statements, a building society book, a Council Tax demand, a housing benefit book, a tenancy agreement, and/or a phone/electricity/gas bill showing your full name and address in the UK. If you are living in someone else's house, you must bring a letter (no more than 3 months old) from the householder permitting you to stay, plus documentary evidence (see above) showing the householder's full name and address.
All of the documents listed above must be original documents. Photocopies are not acceptable.
In addition, you must provide 4 unseparated passport-style photographs of you, and 4 unseparated passport-style photographs of your wife and of each of your children. The photographs must be:
- passport size (approximately 4cm x 5cm);
- recently taken (within the last few months);
- of your full face; and
- with a light background.
You must clearly print the name and date of birth of the person in each photograph on the reverse of that photograph.
If you do not provide these photographs when you make your application at the asylum screening unit, it may take longer to produce the documentation confirming your immigration status (if you are given permission to stay in the UK).
You will have a brief interview at the screening unit and that will be the start of the asylum process. At the interview, you will be given a case owner, who will guide you through the process and make the decision whether you are entitled to asylum in the UK.
Your full interview will take place about a week after the initial interview and you will have to explain in as much detail as possible why you fear being returned to the Lebanon or Palestine. You will need to go into detail about what happened to you when you were there, what you have been doing since then (in Singapore etc) and what would happen to you and your family if you were to return.
I think that, given what is currently happening in the Lebanon, you would have a good chance of being granted asylum. Even if you were not granted asylum, there is a good chance you would be given temporary leave to remain for 6 months, whilst the Home Office reviews the position in Lebanon.
You have to bear something in mind, however. If you apply for asylum and are refused, you will be deported and you will never again be allowed into the UK. That is because the Home Office takes it very seriously when you apply to come here as a visitor but then claim asylum IF YOU ARE NOT genuinely at risk of being persecuted in your home country.
If what you say is genuine then I think you have a good chance and should make the application.