Jane Coker explains the new procedure for asylum seekers and refugees under the Qualifying Directive, the implementing regulations and changes to the Immigration Rules

The Qualifying Directive (QD)(Council Directive 2004/83/EC) of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection provided came into force on 10 October 2006. It was implemented in English law by the Refugee or Person in Need of International Protection (Qualification) Regulations 2006 (SI no 2525), which came into effect on 9 October 2006. The Regulations apply to all applications for asylum outstanding as at 9 October or made after 9 October and any appeals determined after that date. Ambiguity between the regulations and existing law should be resolved by direct recour...

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