Steve Symonds, on behalf of ILPA reports that the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill completed its passage through the Lords last night with little incident.
ILPA members (Immigration Law Practitioners Association) have been scrutinising the Bill for several months, working with the Government and recommending amendments.
There were some, on the whole minor, amendments to tidy it up. Of significance is an amendment to what is currently clause 39. This clause was newly inserted at Report which seeks to preserve the current route to citizenship for some migrants already on the route to citizenship when the Bill takes effect.
The change means that those who are able to make an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application within 12 months of the new naturalisation provisions coming into force, should be able to do so regardless of the new provisions. This is in addition to the protection the clause would give to those who had got as far as making an ILR application (or Further Leave to Remain) on the route to citizenship.
The Minister gave notice that the Government will return to this matter, and the defeat it suffered in relation to transfer of judicial reviews, in the House of Commons; and, although the intention was not made so clear, indicated that the Common Travel Area defeat would also be returned to there.
It is expected that the Bill will commence its passage through the Commons and should be on the statute book no later than the summer recess.
Congratulations to the ILPA working group for the sterling work they have put on behalf of migrant workers and their families.
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