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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The ICO is an independent public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.

If you need help accessing your personal data, want to get information from a public authority, are receiving nuisance calls or spam texts, want to report a security breach or require advice on any Civil Rights issue you can contact the ICO at this link.

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Immigration

Immigration

VISAS AND IMMIGRATION

Before travelling to the UK you may need to obtain a visa. This will depend on your nationality and the reason you want to travel here. The UK Border Agency is the government department responsible for handling visa applications to come to the UK.

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EUROPEAN NATIONALS

All citizens from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are eligible to live and study or work in the UK, provided they have a valid passport or national identity card.

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BRITISH NATIONALITY

British citizenship is one of the six different forms of British nationality. You must have British nationality to apply for or hold a British passport.

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HABITUAL RESIDENCE TEST AND BENEFITS

The Habitual Residence Test is applied to all people (unless they fall into one of the exempt categories), including returning British nationals, who have recently arrived in the country and want to claim certain means-tested social security benefits, or seek housing assistance from a local authority.

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REFUGEES & ASYLUM

Asylum is protection given by a country to someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution.

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