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Department for Communities and Local Government

UK government department responsible for policy in the following areas, mainly in England: building regulations, community cohesion, decentralisation, fire and resilience, housing, local government, Ordnance Survey, planning, race equality, the Thames Gateway and urban regeneration.


In the migration context, a family member of a migrant permitted to come to Britain or settle in Britain along with that migrant. Most commonly a spouse or a child under the age of 18. A family member whose leave to ...


"The enforced removal of someone who is not British and has served a criminal sentence in the UK. The enforced removal to their country of origin of a foreign criminal by the UK Border Agency. In accordance with section 3(5) and (6) ...


In the context of immigration, a derivative is the person whose own status depends on the status of their spouse or parent. For example, having an H-4 visa is only possible for the spouse or child (the derivative beneficiary) ...

Detained Fast Track

The fast track procedure is used to determine asylum applications from people who the Home Office assesses to be 'suitable'. Applicants in the detained fast track are held at an Immigration Removal Centre and the initial decision on their ...

Detained Non-Suspensive Appeals

Cases which the Home Office certify as clearly unfounded, usually because the asylum seeker comes from a country regarded as safe, may go into the detained non-suspensive appeals process. In such cases an appeal against refusal can only be brought ...


A decision made by a Court.  When the decision is written up by the Immigration Judge it is referred to as the Determination.


The UK government department responsible for managing Britain's aid to poor countries (by its own self-description).

Discretionary Leave

"Discretionary leave is a form of immigration status granted to a person who the Home Office has decided does not qualify for refugee status or humanitarian protection but where there are other strong reasons why the person needs to stay ...

Discretionary leave to remain

A possible outcome of an asylum case that grants the applicant the right to remain in the UK temporarily and leads to a further review at the end of the period of leave.


Dispersal is the process by which the Home Office moves an asylum seeker to accommodation outside London and the South East. They are first moved to initial accommodation while their application for asylum support is processed. Once the application has ...

Document certifying permanent residence

A Document certifying permanent residence is issued to EEA nationals to confirm their right of permanent residence in the UK. EEA nationals acquire this right after exercising a treaty right for a continuous period of five years .They are not ...


"Generally speaking, according to English law you are domiciled in the country in which you have made your permanent home. This is the country in which you intend to settle for the remainder of your life. In many cases this ...

Dual citizenship

"Holding citizenship of two countries. You are classified as holding dual citizenship if you hold citizenship of more than one country. This occurs when you are granted the citizenship of the country of your birth and then obtain citizenship of ...

Dublin III Regulation

Dublin III Regulation provides all EU member states with a mechanism for allocating responsibility to a single member state for processing an asylum claim. A number of principles apply, such as family unity The state where the person first entered ...


An exact copy, or to make an exact copy. In the immigration context, many forms and documents must submitted in duplicate form (in other words, a photocopy instead of the original). Learn how to produce flawless document copies for immigration ...

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