Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1779—analysis
Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1779—analysis

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

  • Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1779—analysis
  • Implementation
  • Definitions
  • Domestic Violence Provisions
  • UK Ancestry
  • Visitors
  • Family members of PBS Migrants
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)
  • more

This analysis considers the main changes to the Immigration Rules (the Rules) set out in HC 1779.

HC 1779 was published on 11 December 2018 with an Explanatory Memorandum (EM). It covers:

  1. removing the requirement to submit specified documents in relation to absences (exceeding 180 days) due to compelling and compassionate circumstances for settlement applications under the Ancestry route

  2. amendments to the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category, including:

    1. a four-month additional grant for entry clearance applications

    2. widening the scope of the category to include architects

    3. amendments to the qualifying criteria for endorsement

  1. amendments to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System (PBS), including:

    1. introducing an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate requirement for Tier 2 (ICT) migrants when studying certain ‘sensitive’ courses

    2. updating the wording in the Rules to refer to Find a Job instead of Universal Jobmatch for the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

    3. inserting a salary threshold for nurses or midwives in training who are undertaking the Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for Nursing and Midwifery Council registration

    4. widening the circumstances in which a migrant can take unpaid leave for four weeks or more to include strike action

  2. amendments to Tier 4 of the Points-Based System, including:

    1. updated definitions to reflect the current framework and various administrative changes in the Higher Education sector

    2. change to students being sponsored by a higher