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IMMIGRATION GLOSSARY

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Supreme Court

The highest Court in the UK. This was formerly the House of Lords.

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SBS

Sector Based Scheme

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Separated children

Separated children are children under 18 years of age who are outside their country of origin and se...

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS)

"Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) is a scheme under which Bulgarian and Romanian nationa...

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Switching

"This is the term used when someone already in the United Kingdom in one immigration category, appli...

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Shortage Occupation List

Shortage occupations are ones where there are not enough settled workers to fill available jobs in p...

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Students

Non-EEA nationals travelling to the UK primarily or solely for the purpose of study.

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Sponsor

Someone already in the UK with status who can help bring someone to the UK under the relevant immigr...

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Settlement

"The status granted to foreign nationals conferring the to remain indefinitely in the UK. Also known...

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Safe third country

The Home Office deems certain countries to be places where a refugee is safe from persecution: for e...

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Section 98 support

Whilst a claim for section 95 support is being considered, section 98 permits the Secretary of State...

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Section 4 support

"Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 gives the Home Office power to grant support to so...

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Safe country list

A list drawn up by the Home Office of countries where it believes that persecution does not take pla...

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Sham Marriage

"A fraudulent practice used by some illegal immigrants, defined in section 24(5) of the Immigration ...

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Solicitor

A solicitor is a lawyer who has been admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ...

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Section 9

Section 9 of the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 gives the Home Office p...

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Section 57

Section 57 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 states that Home Office support can b...

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Section 55 (Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009)

Section 55 of the Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the Home Office to make arra...

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Sole representative

You may apply to enter the UK as a sole representative in order to establish an office of an oversea...

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Settled

Defined by section 33(2A) of the Immigration Act 1971 - a person is settled in the United Kingdom if...

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Settled person

A person without immigration time restrictions

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Section 55 (Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002)

Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 gives the Home Office power to deny s...

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Subsistence support

Subsistence support is the cash element of Home Office support. Asylum seekers who have accommodatio...

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Subject to Immigration control

When a person is in the UK on a limited basis with conditions attached to their stay

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Settled status (settlement)

Also known as settlement, you are considered to be 'settled' in the UK if you are ordinarily residen...

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Sector Based Scheme

Sector Based Scheme (SBS) is a quota-based scheme for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, which only c...

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Section 2

Section 2 of the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 gives the Home Office p...

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Standard acknowledgement letter (SAL)

In some cases, the Home Office will not be able to issue an asylum registration card, see Applicatio...

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Section 95 support

Support may be provided under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to destitute asylum ...

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Short-term International Migrant

By international standards, a person who changes his or her country of usual residence for at least ...

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Screening interview

Screening interviews are meetings between asylum seekers and immigration officers to establish: iden...

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Student visitors

People with entry visas allowing them to stay in the UK for up to 6 months as students in formal edu...

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Student visitor

The Student visitor category provides for those persons who wish to come to the UK as a visitor and ...

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SAWS

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

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