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IMMIGRATION GLOSSARY

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ASYS

ASYS is the Home Office asylum seekers support system database, which contains details of asylum see...

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Article 3 (Of ECHR)

Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) states that 'No one shall be subjected t...

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Asylum Support Adjudicators

Asylum Support Adjudicators consider appeals by asylum seekers against Home Office decisions to refu...

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After-Entry Application To Vary Leave To Remain

After-entry application to vary leave to remain is an application from a person wishing to extend or...

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Adjudicate

To make a decision or determination, usually related to a legal issue or dispute. When an immigratio...

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Application registration card (ARC)

ARC is a credit card sized document issued to asylum applicants after screening to show that they ha...

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Age-disputed child

An age-disputed child is an asylum applicant whose claimed date of birth is not accepted by the Home...

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Asylum Applicants / Asylum Seekers

Individuals who come to the UK to apply for protection as refugees and who are still waiting for a d...

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Appellant

"The person appealing a decision. In an immigration appeal, the Home Office or Secretary of State fo...

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Article 31

Article 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention prohibits states from penalising a refugee for illegal ent...

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Ancestry Status

If you are a commonwealth citizen aged 17 or over and you have a UK born grandparent, you can apply ...

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Appeal

If your immigration application is refused and you have a right of appeal, this means that you can c...

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Asylum Screening Unit

The asylum screening unit  in Croydon is the entry point into the asylum system. It is here that in-...

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Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

The first tier Asylum and Immigration Tribunal hears and decides appeals against decisions made by t...

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Age disputed application

"An Age disputed application occurs when an asylum applicant claims to be a minor but his/her appear...

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Administrative Removal

"The enforced removal to their country of origin of an overstayer of an illegal entrant by the UK Bo...

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Asylum

Affording sanctuary to nationals of foreign countries in accordance with the requirements of the 195...

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A8

Eight Central and Eastern European countries that joined the European Union on 1 May 2004: Czech Rep...

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Clearly unfounded claims

When the Home Office believes that the asylum seeker comes from a safe country and would not face a ...

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Asylum support

Asylum seekers who are destitute may be able to receive accommodation and/or subsistence support fro...

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Administrative review

If your immigration application is refused and you do not have the right to appeal the decision, you...

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Accession Worker Cards

Accession Worker Cards are required by Bulgarian and Romanian nationals if they wish to work in the ...

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Asylum Seeker

"An asylum seeker is someone who has lodged an application for protection on the basis of the Refuge...

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Accession countries

Countries which joined the European Union in 2004 and which had a low per capita income compared to ...

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A2

The two countries that joined the European Union on 1 January 2007: Bulgaria and Romania.

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Tier 1

"Tier 1 of the Points Based System: For highly skilled individuals who can contribute to growth and ...

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Curtail

UK Immigration and Visas may curtail your leave,  i.e. shorten and bring it to an early end, if they...

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Dublin III Regulation

Dublin III Regulation provides all EU member states with a mechanism for allocating responsibility t...

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UK Border Agency

The part of the Home Office that was responsible for immigration control and its enforcement. It was...

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Limited leave

Leave to enter or remain in the UK for a specific amount of time. Conditions may be attached to your...

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Escalate

To rapidly accelerate or increase the priority level of a given issue. In the immigration context, i...

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Main applicant

In cases in which a couple or family is seeking asylum or permission to enter as a migrant, the pers...

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British Election Study

Series of surveys on political attitudes in Britain. See our data sources and limitations page for a...

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UASC

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child

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Returning resident

A returning resident is someone who has left the UK and has been given permission to return to the U...

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Supreme Court

The highest Court in the UK. This was formerly the House of Lords.

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Refugee Convention

Refugee Convention means the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and t...

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Juxtaposed control

A juxtaposed control is a UK Border Zone set up, by international treaty, in another country to enfo...

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Entry clearance

"Entry clearance is the procedure used by Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) at British posts overseas ...

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Worker Registration Scheme

"Worker Registration Scheme A8 nationals who take up employment in the UK are required to apply to ...

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Case resolution process

The case resolution process was set up by the Home Office to deal with unresolved cases of those who...

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Correspondence

Written communication, usually by email or letters, between two or more people or organizations.

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Commonwealth citizen

You are a commonwealth citizen if you are a national of any country within the Commonwealth of Natio...

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Entry clearance visa

An Entry clearance visa is a visa permitting the bearer to travel to the UK and leave to enter from ...

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Fresh Claim

When an asylum seeker has had their claim rejected, but then new evidence becomes available which wa...

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SBS

Sector Based Scheme

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Emigrate

To leave one's home country in order to live permanently in a new country.

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Withdrawn

Withdrawn is an application that can be withdrawn by the applicant by either signing the relevant fo...

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Separated children

Separated children are children under 18 years of age who are outside their country of origin and se...

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European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

The ECHR is an international legal instrument adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe. I...

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges (UNHCR)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the UN agency with a mandate to protect refugee...

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EU - European Union

An amalgamation of twenty-five independent states based on the European Communities. Formerly known ...

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Derivative

In the context of immigration, a derivative is the person whose own status depends on the status of ...

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Right to reside

"Right to reside An individual has the right to reside in the UK if they are: €¢ a UK national or f...

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Right of abode

"Right of abode means that you are free from United Kingdom immigration control and you do not need ...

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Business status

To be granted business status you must have at least £200,000 to put into a UK business that you wil...

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IND - Immigration and Nationality Directorate

The department of the Home Office responsible for dealing with all nationality, immigration and asyl...

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Notified voluntary departure

Notified voluntary departure is where persons against whom enforcement action has been initiated, de...

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Tier 3

Tier 3 of the Points Based System: For limited numbers of low skilled workers needed to fill specifi...

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Foreign

Foreign, for the purposes of the Control of Immigration: United Kingdom publication, means 'nonCommo...

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