The Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules announced by Immigration Matters on 22 November will take effect on 13 December 2012.
The UK Border Agency announced that a written ministerial statement was ‘laid in Parliament’ on 22 November 2012 bringing into Law a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.
The UKBA say that these changes to the Immigration Rules include ‘non substantive’ changes for sponsors and migrants coming to the UK under the following routes of the points-based system:
- Tier 1 – entrepreneurs and investors.
- Tier 2 – skilled workers, including changes for senior intra-company transfers.
- Tier 4 – students, including extending the interim limit.
- Tier 5 – temporary workers including the requirements for the government authorised exchange category and private servants in a diplomatic household.
- Sponsorship – revised sponsorship guidance will be published in December.
Criminal and Civil Convictions
Criminal convictions (even for not paying your fare on a train) and County Court Judgments (CCJ’s) or Civil Judgments can lead to man datoryvisa refusals, as we are already seeing.
- Establishing a more robust and clear criminality framework to assess immigration applications against which immigration applications will be assessed.
- Recalculating the length of time, based on the length of sentence, before we will revoke a deportation order.
- Introduction of a re-entry ban, for some foreign national offenders who have been removed from the UK as part of a conditional caution and additional powers to end (curtail) a migrant’s visa or leave.
- Creation of a ‘route’ for ex-Armed Forces to remain in the UK.
Settlement in UK
- Amendments to clarify the absences from the UK that are allowed during the continuous residence period for Tier 1 (General), Tier 2 and pre-points based system work routes (for example work permits, self-employment and business person).
Family and private life
- Minor changes to the child and parent routes to make them as clear and comprehensive as possible.
There will also be some changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme quotas and Tier 4 loan letters in early 2013.
See the UKBA website for the full Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules and the explanatory memorandum within the document.
If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: