Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced this week an end to ‘unnecessary appeals’ and late evidence consideration in a bid to help stop ‘misuse of the system’.
From Monday 23 May, immigration and asylum appeal tribunals will not consider evidence submitted after an application has been made, in appeals relating to applications made in the UK under the points-based system.
UK Border Agency statistics show that around two-thirds of appeals allowed by immigration judges are due to late evidence being submitted.
The rules change is designed to end unnecessary appeals and help make sure that applications are right first time. It will apply to all applications made within the UK through the points-based system.
Damian Green said:
‘For too long, the taxpayer has had to shoulder the burden of a system which allowed individuals to drag out their appeal by submitting new evidence at the last minute.
‘The changes I am making today will put an end to this practice for good.’
The minister added that this is one of a raft of improvements that will make the system ‘more robust, efficient and cost effective’.
The government has already introduced an annual limit on economic migrants from outside the EU, as well as making major reforms to the student visa system.
These measures are aimed at attracting the brightest and the best, while reducing net migration and tackling abuse of the system.
This week the UK Border Agency announced that from 23 May 2011, Section 19 of the UK Borders Act 2007 will restrict the evidence that an applicant can rely on at an appeal hearing.
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