Changes to Immigration Rules laid before Parliament

A statement of changes to the Immigration Rules has been presented to Parliament on 11 December 2018. The Home Office published the statement, which details the proposed changes, subject to the procedure set out under section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971.

The main proposed changes include:

• introducing a new seasonal workers scheme

• expanding protection offered to victims of domestic abuse, to include partners of refugees who have not yet gained indefinite leave to remain—responding to the judgment in the case of R (on the application of A) v Secretary of State For The Home Department (2017) [2017] EWHC 1233 (Admin)

The statement has omitted any reference to the suspension of the Tier 1 (investor) visas, announced on 6 December 2018, therefore this route currently remains open to applications.

Source: Report: Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

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