UK immigration withdraws seven year child concession

December 11, 2008

The United Kingdom Border Agency is withdrawing DP5/96, a concession which has also been referred to as the seven year child concession, as of 9 December 2008.’ - Phil Woolas, Minister for Borders and Immigration

Also known as DP5/96, the concession protected the rights of children born and/ or living in the UK continuously for at least 7 years.

It meant the child and parents could not be deported to the parents original country, as in most cases, it would be a traumatic and unfamiliar experience.

Effective immediately is the decision not to support visa applications relying on a DP5/96.

Is this a good or bad decision?

Removals will still be able to be challenged under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act which takes into consideration the decisions in the cases of Beoku-Betts (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.

The withdrawal of 5/96 is due to changes in UK immigration rules and the Human Rights Act 1998, which appear to have superceded the rules of 5/96.

Children who have spent less than seven years in the UK might now have a case to argue as long as strong, documentable evidence is produced to support an application.

Are you affected by the seven year child concession?

Were you relying on 5/96 for your indefinite leave to remain? Do you have children born in the UK younger than 7?

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