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Practical guide on the application of cessation clauses

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This practical guide aims to provide guidance to case officers when examining the application of cessation clauses and to policy officers as well when implementing national workflows in the context of the cessation process. Guidance is provided on the substance of the assessment of the cessation provisions: individual behaviour of the beneficiaries leading to cessation; change of circumstances in the country of nationality / habitual residence; exemptions; legal consequences of cessation; special circumstances when examining cessation. Guidance is also provided on the implementation of the cessation process in practice: workflows; procedural considerations; checklists, points to consider and practical examples in the context of personal interviews on cessation, application of the burden of proof, legal analysis of cessation decisions. The guide also reflects on practical challenges encountered when communicating with beneficiaries and on the organisation of large-scale cessation exercises.

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