Statelessness (Introductory)

CPD Points: 2

Length of course: 2 hours

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About this course

This course was published in February 2023. Part 14 of the Immigration Rules was replaced by Appendix Statelessness on 31 January 2024. The course materials will be updated soon.

Statelessness remains a big problem globally with an estimated 10-15 million people living without any nationality. People who are stateless are often denied the fundamental human rights that others take for granted, including access to education, employment, freedom of movement, property rights, social welfare and healthcare.

This training course is aimed at practitioners and organisations working with potentially stateless people who may have limited or no expertise in this relatively niche area of immigration and human rights law. By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the causes of statelessness, the protections in place in international law and the UK’s statelessness determination procedure.

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Modules within this course..

  1. What is statelessness?

    This module gives an overview of what it means to be stateless and why statelessness occurs. It considers the scale of the problem globally with examples of stateless populations in each geographical region, and introduces the international treaties in place to protect stateless populations.

  2. Legal framework

    This module looks at Part 14 of the Immigration Rules, breaks down the definition of "statelessness" and considers the requirements that must be met by an applicant. It also considers the burden and standard of proof in statelessness leave cases, the exclusion clauses and general grounds for refusal. 

  3. Stateless leave applications in the UK

    This module looks into the practicalities of making an application for leave to remain in the UK as a stateless person. It covers evidence, applications from children and family members, grants of leave and refusals, and other applications that may be made along side an application for stateless leave.

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