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There are multiple sources of immigration law. In addition to 16 or so statutes and the ever-changing Immigration Rules, there is a huge number of statutory instruments, procedural rules and regulations, instructions and guidance issued by the Home Office plus a large volume of case law that, together with relevant European and international law, make up the body of immigration law.
Although the GOV.UK website is a major source of information on immigration policy and law, Home Office policy instructions and guidance should not be relied on alone as an accurate statement of the law. Further, given how easily and frequently changes are made to the Immigration Rules and how provisions in statutes are often fleshed out in secondary legislation, it is vital that primary sources of law are consulted.
Not all sources of law carry equal weight and authority before a court. How much authority a particular legal source carries will depend on its interpretation by the court and the circumstances of the particular case. A definitive hierarchy of sources, then, cannot be given but, as a rule of thumb, the following ranking of sources of immigration law applies (the sources are listed in descending order of importance):
UK statutes, some European legislation and
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