Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules, HC 628
On 6 September 2013, Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, laid before Parliament a new Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules, HC 628.
The immigration team at Penningtons Solicitors LLP will be providing training on these changes in the Immigration Rules. Details of this training will be announced shortly here.
Some of the changes, the majority of which will come into effect on 1 October 2013, are summarised below.
Points based system
from 28 October 2013, applicants for indefinite leave to remain will be required to demonstrate both that they have a knowledge of life in the UK and that they can communicate orally to a specified level (with some exemptions)
minor changes and clarifications to the Immigration Rules, including those relating to family life
- expansion of the permissible activities a business visitor can undertake to include internal audits and corporate training where it is provided by a company outside the person’s employer’s corporate group
- removal of the prospective student visitor route
- allowing tourists and business visitors to undertake certain, specified types of short-term study where it is incidental to the main purpose of the visit
- permitting nationals or citizens of Kuwait, who hold diplomatic and special passports issued by Kuwait, to enter the UK as general visitors without a visa
- introduction of temporary Immigration Rules so participants and personnel can come to the UK during the 2014 Commonwealth Games
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