Immigration Act 1971

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Immigration Act 1971[1]
Long title An Act to amend and replace the present immigration laws, to make certain related changes in the citizenship law and enable help to be given to those wishing to return abroad, and for purposes connected therewith.
Citation 1971 c. 77
Royal Assent 28 October 1971
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Immigration Act 1971 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom concerning immigration.

The Act, as with the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, and that of 1968, restricted immigration, especially primary immigration into the UK.

It introduced the concept of patriality or right of abode.

The Immigration Act 1971 is mentioned, in relation to deportation notices, at sections 11 and 23 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

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  1. ^ Short title as conferred by s. 37 of the Act

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