GLOSSARY

Leave to remain definition

What does Leave to remain mean?

A form of immigration status that is granted to an applicant following an application to vary, extend or switch their existing immigration permission to remain in the UK.

Immigration

Permission given to a person who is already in the UK, and who would have required leave to enter (whether or not he has such leave), to stay in the UK.
A person who is not a British citizen, or as otherwise provided by or under the Immigration Act 1971 (IA 1971), and who is already in the UK may be given leave to remain for a limited or for an indefinite period and if given for a limited period may be given subject to stipulated conditions: see IA 1971 1971, s 3(1). The power under IA 1971 to give or refuse leave to remain shall be exercised by the Secretary of State for the Home Department: IA 1971, s 4(1).

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