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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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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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As Soon As Reasonably Practicable

Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 gives the Home Secretary power to den...

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APS

A quarterly survey of British households. See our data sources and limitations page for a detailed d...

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Asylum Interview

An asylum interview is a substantive interview about a person's reasons for claiming asylum in the U...

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Article 8 (Of ECHR)

Article 8 of the ECHR states that Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life,...

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Accession

The acceptance of a country as a new member of the European Union.

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