Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1534—analysis
Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1534—analysis

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

  • Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1534—analysis
  • Implementation
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Extension of the pilot
  • Introduction of the Administrative Review scheme
  • Surinder Singh family members
  • Premium Service Centres
  • Original documents
  • Evidential flexibility
  • Passport return
  • More...

This analysis considers the main changes to the Immigration Rules (the Rules) set out in HC 1534.

HC 1534 was issued on 11 October 2018, along with an Explanatory Memorandum (EM). It covers the following changes of interest to immigration advisers:

  1. expansion of the EU Settlement Scheme pilot, and introduction of the Administrative Review scheme for refusals made under Appendix EU

  2. removes mention of Premium Service Centres ahead of the roll out of the new Sopra Steria contract

  3. changes to the requirement to provide original documents, so that these are no longer mandatory for most applications

  4. changes to evidential flexibility, enabling the Home Office to use this more flexibly and in a wider range of applications, and

  5. new Rules for unaccompanied children who were transferred to the UK following closure of the Calais camp to apply for limited and indefinite leave to remain

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Implementation

Unless otherwise stated, the changes take effect for applications made on or after 5 November 2018. Applications made before this date will be decided in line with the Rules in force as at 4 November 2018.

EU Settlement Scheme

Extension of the pilot

In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee dated 11 October 2018 Caroline Noakes, the Minister for Immigration, provided an update on the

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