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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.

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  1. olawoyin abdullahi says :

    i av being given offer letter at walsall college in birmingham,but still telling me to hold on about my payment.pls give me hints about this

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  6. If the form was received in time and they will accept old forms until 3 Jan 2013 why are you bothered?

  7. Keep practising your English – Check UKBA website for full requirements and details of life in the UK test.

  8. Muhammad Abdul Wahid says :


    Can you please clarify can a student present loan letter to show his maintenance funds?

    Waiting to hearing from you.



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  10. jaspal singh says :

    sir my question is i m here on tier2 skilled migrant since april FLR due in march i want to ask that shell i need to pass english test again?also shell i need biometric residence card?.thnks

  11. Daniel Lukuman says :

    Please l send my application off to the home office SET(M) FORM on 12-12-12 which home office received on 13-12-12.In line with paragraph 34(i) of the Immigration Rules,please l wanna know under what revised Immigration Rules my application will fall into. Even tho wiith the statement below l’m still bothered.

    (In line with paragraph 34(i) of the Immigration Rules, we will continue to accept applications made on the previous version of these forms up to and including 3 January 2013)

    Hope to read from you soon.

    Best Regard.

  12. It depends on why the student was refused entry clearance, when they were refused and if there was a ban on coming to the UK.

  13. Neha Patel says :

    Respected sir/madam
    i have one query regarding student visa.i just want to know is it possible to get new student visa if student came back without entry clearance . Entry clearance officer not allow to enter in UK and send back to home county then after possible to get new student visa with new course ..
    Place let me know as soon as possible
    thank you

    Regard ,
    Neha Patel

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