Immigration Bill 2014: Re-cap on how the changes affect you

The latest changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on 14 May 2014. According to the Home Office these reforms make 'fundamental changes' to the system. Specifically it will, 'limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK [and] make it easier to remove those with no right to be here'.

The announcement about the changes can be found on the GOV.uk website. It should be noted the information on the UKBA website has now been moved to GOV.uk so you should always check this site for the most up-to-date information about the Immigration Rules.

The changes made this time include:

  • Cutting the number of immigration decisions that can be appealed from 17 to 4, while allowing the Home Office to return ‘certain harmful individuals’ before their appeals are heard if there is ‘no risk of serious irreversible harm’. At this time there is no summary on the GOV.uk website we have found. However, other summaries are available elsewhere.
  • Requiring the courts to consider Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) Article 8 claims in immigration cases. The government wishes to ensure the right to a family life is not to be regarded as absolute and unqualified
  • Further efforts to reduce sham marriages or civil partnerships
  • Requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants before accepting new tenants
  • Requiring migrants on temporary visas to pay contributions towards the NHS
  • New powers to prevent repeat bail applications when a removal is imminent
  • New powers to revoke driving licences held by immigration offenders
  • New powers to allow the Home Secretary to deprive a naturalised individual of their British citizenship.

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