Simplify Immigration Rules, proposes Law Commission
The Law Commission has formulated proposals and questions aimed at simplifying the UK’s Immigration Rules. The proposals affect the Rules setting out the policy and practice of the Home Secretary to regulate the entry and stay of people in the UK. The Commission’s consultation paper reviews the Immigration rules to identify the underlying causes of their complexity, and to develop principles under which they can be redrafted to make them simpler and more accessible. The deadline for responses to the consultations is 26 April 2019.
The Commission held a range of pre-consultation meetings with key stakeholders and other experts, with the Home Office as the sponsoring department for the project.
The consultation paper makes several preliminary proposals including:
• an audit of overlapping provisions within the Rules. Where possible, a standardisation of wording could be introduced to reduce the possibility of confusion
• a uniform approach to the organisation of the Rules and drafting style, including regarding headings, inclusion of definitions and section numbering
• ensuring simplification is maintained in subsequent years by keeping the Rules under review, improving how amendments are presents and earlier versions of the Rules archived
Consultation responses can be sent by email to: [email protected], and by post to: Immigration Team, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, 52 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1H 9AG