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21 Immigration and Nationality
There are many laws and rules that say who can come into the United Kingdom (UK), depending on why you are coming and whether you want to stay permanently. This leaflet is about your rights to come to the UK and stay here.
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This leaflet explains how and when people are allowed to come to the UK to visit, work or settle here. The laws and rules for people who have been granted refugee status and people seeking asylum are different. See the CLS Direct leaflet 'Claiming Asylum' for information about this.
If you are worried about whether you or a relative or partner will be allowed to stay in the UK, remember that this leaflet is only a guide. Unless your situation is straightforward, you should get expert advice. See 'Further help' for where you can find more advice.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and Mick Chatwin, a barrister and solicitor specialising in immigration law.
Leaflet Version: June 2016
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