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IMMIGRATION GLOSSARY

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Refugee

"A refugee is a person who 'owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, re...

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Refugee Convention

Refugee Convention means the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and t...

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Refugee status

Refugee status is awarded to someone the Home Office recognises as a refugee as described in the Ref...

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Registration

The process whereby those under 18 years of age can acquire British citizenship if they meet certain...

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Registration Certificates

Registration Certificates are issued to EEA nationals to confirm that they are exercising a treaty r...

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Registration of minors as citizens

A process by which minor children can become British citizens without applying for it on their own; ...

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Removal

Removal is a process whereby immigration officers enforce return from the UK to another country.  

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Removal Directions

A legal document issued by  UK Visas and Immigration telling you the date, time and flight number of...

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Removal of time limit

Removal of time limit is administrative action resulting in a non-EEA national being granted indefin...

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Removals

Government-authorized and enforced departures of foreign nationals without legal permission to remai...

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Removals and voluntary departure

Removals and voluntary departure figures include enforced removals, notified voluntary departures, p...

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Reporting

Most asylum seekers who are not detained are expected to report to a reporting centre or police stat...

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Resettlement

Resettlement if the process whereby refugees living outside their country of origin are moved to ano...

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RESIDENCE

The place where someone lives (resides) and makes their home.

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Residence Card

Residence cards are issued to non-EEA national family members of an EEA national. A residence card c...

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Residence cards

Residence cards are issued to non-EEA national family members of an EEA national when sought. It con...

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Residence permit

This is a document issued to EEA nationals by the Home Office entitling the EEA national and their d...

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Resident worker

A person who is either British, has ILR or is an EEA national

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Respondent

If you are defending an appeal, you are the respondent. If you are appealing a decision of the Home ...

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RETROGRESS

To go back to a previous state. In the context of immigration, retrogression is when somebody's plac...

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Returning resident

A returning resident is someone who has left the UK and has been given permission to return to the U...

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REVOKE

To cancel, reverse, or take something back. In the context of immigration, for example, the governme...

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Right of abode

"Right of abode means that you are free from United Kingdom immigration control and you do not need ...

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Right to reside

"Right to reside An individual has the right to reside in the UK if they are: €¢ a UK national or f...

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