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apoziopeza

Senior Member
slovak
Hi,

Please advise,

what does "regularize" mean in the context below?

Thanks,

A.

Leaflet re Immigration Advise for victims of modern slavery


If you are afraid to return to your home country or do not wish to do so, a legal advisor can advise you about the most appropriate route for applying to regularize your immigration status in the UK. An immigration advisor can also help if you are facing deportation or removal from the UK.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    This applies to people who enter the UK in irregular, and often illegal, ways. Their immigration status is irregular: they do not have regular documents, visas, and all the other things that go with legal border crossings or immigration in 2017. This sentence is about how they can make their status regular; that is, regularize it.
     

    apoziopeza

    Senior Member
    slovak
    This applies to people who enter the UK in irregular, and often illegal, ways. Their immigration status is irregular: they do not have regular documents, visas, and all the other things that go with legal border crossings or immigration in 2017. This sentence is about how they can make their status regular; that is, regularize it.
    Thanks. Could I replace it with "legalize"?
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    No, someone could, possibly, be in the country legally (victims of modern slavery have a specific legal status once identified), but lack proof of their status - hence "regularize".
     
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