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IMMIGRATION GLOSSARY

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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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Entry clearance

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

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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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Emigrate

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

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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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EU - European Union

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

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Employment Rate

The percentage of total in employment against all people in the relevant age group.

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EEA

"European Union (EU) countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Formed on 1 January 1994. ...

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EXPEDITE / EXPEDITIOUS

To speed up the progress of something; expeditious means speedy or quick. Under immigration law, cer...

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European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg was established by the European Convention on Human ...

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Exceptional leave to remain (ELR)

ELR was a form of immigration status in use before April 2003. It was granted to asylum seekers who ...

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Employment and Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance is an allowance aimed at helping people with an illness or disabili...

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EXCLUDE / EXCLUDED

To be kept out or not included. In the immigration context, exclusion typically refers to a foreign ...

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European Union

"The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. Austria, Belgium, Bu...

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EU

Economic and political union of 27 member states. The member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, ...

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European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, officially the Court of Justice of the European Union, ...

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Entry Clearance Officers

Those Home Office workers that decide entry clearance applications made at an entry clearance post o...

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