Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1078—analysis
Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1078—analysis

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1078—analysis
  • Implementation
  • Validity of applications for leave to remain
  • Criminal record certificates
  • Re-entry bans for periods of overstay
  • Bringing the Rules up to date—tidy-ups and updates
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Family members of PBS migrants
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • more

This analysis covers the main changes to the Immigration Rules (the Rules) set out in HC 1078.

HC 1078 was issued on 16 March 2017, along with an Explanatory Memorandum (EM). Many of the changes are to Tier 2, as the Statement of Changes implements the second tranche of changes to Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) (ICT) which were first announced in Parliament by the previous Minister of Immigration, James Brokenshire MP, on 24 March 2016. This speech followed the government's consideration of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s reports on its full review of Tier 2. For details of the implementation of the first tranche of changes in November 2016, see Practice Note: Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 667—analysis. Most of the changes to Tier 2 were anticipated from the Ministerial Statement, or from other prior announcements in relevant policy guidance. In a related development, the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2017, SI 2017/420 will come into force on 6 April 2017. This implements another change announced in the March 2016 statement, albeit a few months later than originally planned, being the removal of the exemption that previously applied to Tier 2 (ICT) migrants and their dependants from having to pay the immigration health charge.

Otherwise, the Statement of Changes is noteworthy for the density of its minor/technical