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What does King's College London mean by forced migrant?

At King’s College London we recognise that any legal background of involuntary immigration can have a significant impact on educational opportunities and outcomes, and therefore provide pre-entry and on-course support to forced migrant students.

We use the term `forced migrant` as an umbrella term for the following immigration backgrounds.

  • Asylum seeker is someone who has lodged an application for protection on the basis of the Refugee Convention or Article 3 of the ECHR
  • Refugee is a former asylum seeker person who has been granted refuge in a country other than their home country. They have been able to prove that if they are returned home, they will be prosecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion.
  • Humanitarian Protection is given to people, if sent back, would face punishment due to a previously not mentioned case.
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child status is given in unique cases for children arriving to the country separated from their parents, for a limited period of time, usually until they turn 17.5. 
  • Limited Leave to Remain (previously Discretionary Leave to Remain) is given for applicants with unique cases to remain in the UK for a limited period of time


Disclosing your forced migrant status when applying to King's

Disclosing forced migrant status can provide context when making admissions decisions but also ensures we provide the right financial, academic, and personal support.  We do not need to know why a student is a forced migrant or any other detail

To disclose their forced migrant status students should do the following if relevant:  

  • Say they are a forced migrant student on their personal statement  

  • Ensure the teacher reference gives additional information and provides context  


Additional admissions consideration for forced migrant applicants

If you are a forced migrant and applying to study at King’s, we strongly advise you to disclose this directly to us. This will allow admissions staff to take your circumstances into consideration and will not have a negative impact on your application.  

We use this data to holistically assess an applicant’s future potential to succeed and to differentiate between similar highly qualified candidates.  

As a forced migrant , you will receive additional consideration. Examples of the ways in which additional consideration is given are described below: 

  • Students whose predicted grades are marginally lower than that required for the course may be given an offer. 

  • Students whose application is considered as being close to the standard required to gain an interview may be offered an interview. 

  • Students whose admissions test score is considered as being close to the required standard might be given an offer or interview. 

  • Students who narrowly fail to meet their conditional offer will be given additional consideration as to whether their place should be confirmed. 

In order to receive this consideration, you must contact priority-groups@kcl.ac.uk directly


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