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Habitual Residence Test

The Habitual Residence Test is a test for all individuals (except those from certain exempt categories), including returning British nationals, who have recently arrived in the country and who make a claim for certain income-related social security benefits or seek ...

Hard case support

Subsistence and accommodations provided to asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected but who are both destitute and unable to immediately leave the UK. Also known as Section 4 support.

HC1 form

Application form for help with medical costs.

HC2 certificate

Certificate which allows someone to claim free prescriptions and some dental and optical services.

High Court

The High Court of Justice, also known as the High Court of England and Wales, deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases and can judicially review the reasonableness and legality of decisions of lower Courts ...

Higher education

Degree-level education, including undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) began on 28 January 2002. It differed from the work permit system in that it did not require an employer to obtain a permit for the individual. Applicants were assessed on a points system, based on ...


The UK government department responsible for collecting taxes and administering some social benefits.

Home Office

"The Ministry of UK Government that manages the handling of all nationality, immigration and asylum applications. The Home Office is also responsible for enforcement and development of policy in these areas. The Government department for policies on immigration, passports, counter-terrorism, ...


Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

Human Rights

A reference to the rights set out in the European Human Rights Convention such as Article 3 (right not to be tortured) or Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life). The Human Rights Act 1998 brought these into domestic law ...

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into the UK law.

Humanitarian Protection

"Humanitarian protection is a form of immigration status. It is granted by the Home Office to a person who it decides has a need for protection but who does not meet the criteria for refugee status. Leave granted to a ...

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