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New Immigration Rules – Priti Patel gets tough but offers some crumbs of comfort

New Immigration Rules -Priti Patel gets tough

Today we’re bringing you a general update and summary on the state of the UK’s immigration Rules. We’ve talked about some of these changes individually in previous videos, but the changes come into effect on 1 October and there are a few important pieces of news. 

I cannot stress enough before going to discuss the changes, that a) they are going to make life difficult and b) if you are thinking of making an application or unsure about your status you contact me and I will do all I can to help you missing out or worse still being caught out.

Below is summary of some of the changes – I will be producing a video on the challenges faced by asylum seekers who arrive irregularly shortly.

Some of the changes are good news, others not so much. The main changes relate to:

  • Banning entry to the UK with an ID card rather than a passport
  • Resettlement of Afghans
  • Coronavirus concessions

ID cards

In what is not one of the biggest drawbacks to Brexit but which is certainly irritating, the government will no longer allow people to travel to the UK on a European ID card, insisting that they must travel with a passport. For anyone with a credit-card sized ID card knows, they are a lot easier to carry around in your wallet or purse rather than having to worry about carrying your passport on its own. 

But the government has decided that keeping control of our borders means that passports will be the only acceptable form of ID when entering the UK. There are some exceptions, but this is a complex area.

Afghan citizens

With the shocking scenes in Afghanistan over the last month or so, the government has updated its rules on how Afghanis can gain leave to enter or remain in the UK. 

The Immigration Rules already had two special schemes for Afghanis, which used to say that anyone who qualified under them would have permission to enter the UK for five years. From now on, anyone who qualifies under this scheme will be given indefinite leave to enter; i.e. their permission to be in the UK will not have an expiration date. The requirements for Afghanis are generally being relaxed, which is a welcome but possibly surprising reaction to the situation in Afghanistan by the UK government.

Coronavirus concessions

The Home Office has had various policies and pieces of guidance in the last 18 months relating to the coronavirus pandemic. They have finally decided to write these into the Rules rather than leaving them as non-binding guidance. This is good news as we have experienced the guidance being ignored. The guidance covers:

  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa holders being unable to fulfil the job creation requirement
  • Skilled workers who began working before their visa was granted
  • Covid-related absences from the UK

Contact us now to discuss these changes in more detail. The changes come into affect on 1 October and it is vital that you know exactly what the rules are when you come to apply for a visa. 

If you have an immigration problem please contact Paul Turner who is an experienced direct access immigrationi barrister at Imperium Chambers on 020 7 2423488 – he has over 22 years experience in the field of immigration and would be delighted to assist with any visa or settlement or any type of immigration issue you have.

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