Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (c 13) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006[1]
Long titleAn Act to make provision about immigration, asylum and nationality; and for connected purposes.
Citation2006 c 13
Royal assent30 March 2006
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

It is the fifth major[according to whom?] piece of legislation relating to immigration and asylum since 1993.

Commencement Orders

Although the Act received Royal Assent on 30 March, its provisions did not take effect immediately, until a series of commencement orders brought the provisions into force incrementally:

Summary of changes


The Act introduced a number of changes to the immigration appeals process, most notably restricting the right of appeal for refusal of entry clearance in cases where the subject intends to enter the country as a dependent, a visitor or a student.

This leaves the only grounds for appeal open to human rights and race discrimination reasons. Appeals launched within the UK can be for asylum cases only.


The Act introduces civil (not criminal) penalties in the form of fines for employers who take on people over the age of 16 who are subject to immigration control (that is, have no entry clearance or leave to remain, or no valid permit to work in the UK).


The Act allows immigration officers to request and obtain biometric data (such as fingerprints) from immigration arrivals for the purposes of proving they are the rightful holder of their passport or travel documents.

It allows the police to request and obtain advance information on passengers and crew of flights and ships arriving in or leaving the United Kingdom, or those expected to do so.

The Act requires the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission to first consider if an application for refugee status meets article 1F of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, if the decision by the Home Secretary is to refuse on that basis.

Citizenship and Right of Abode

The Act contains several provisions empowering the Home Secretary to deprive a person of British citizenship (or Right of Abode) if it is considered that such deprivation is "conducive to the public good".

Notable applications of the Act

  • Australian Guantánamo Bay inmate David Matthew Hicks applied for British citizenship in 2005 after the previous 2002 legislation allowed citizenship by virtue of maternal heritage. It was considered that the British government may petition for his release as had been done for other British nationals. After a lengthy court battle with the Home Office, Hicks was granted British citizenship on 5 July 2006, but then stripped of it several hours later under section 56 of the Act allowing the Home Secretary to "deprive a person of a citizenship status if the Secretary of State is satisfied that deprivation is conducive to the public good."[2]
  • Anna Chapman[3]

See also


  1. The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 64(1) of this Act.
  2. Nicholas Blake QC: Why is there no song and dance about this Act?, The Times, 25 April 2005.
  3. Cobain, Ian (15 August 2011). "Home Office stripping more dual-nationality Britons of citizenship". The Guardian.

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