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IMMIGRATION GLOSSARY

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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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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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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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Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal is the highest court within the Higher Courts, which also includes the High Cour...

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COMPASS Project

The COMPASS project was launched in 2009 to set up the contracts for the provision of support to asy...

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Civil partner

A legal relationship status for which same sex couples may register, and which accords many of the s...

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Citizenship

British citizenship is acquired by birth, adoption, descent, registration or naturalisation in accor...

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Commonwealth

Voluntary association with historical origins in the British Empire, made up of 54 countries.

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Citizenship Survey

Government-run survey of a random sample of the British population. See our data sources and limitat...

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Convention Travel Document (CDT)

A Convention Travel Document, also known as 'blue document' is given to people with refugee status t...

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Certificate of identity

Certificate of Identity, also known as the 'Home Office travel document' can be issued to people who...

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CR

Conditional Resident - Green cards marked CR1 are issued to spouses who have been married for less t...

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Counsel

A term used to describe a barrister.

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Common Travel Area

The common travel area comprises the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Republic o...

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