New UK immigration rules more fair, says minister

by Ray Clancy on May 26, 2014

New immigration rules in the UK will ensure the country’s immigration system is fairer to British citizens and legitimate migrants whilst being tougher on those with no right to be in the country, according to ministers.

The Immigration Act 2014 contains 77 clauses and makes fundamental changes to how the UK immigration system functions, said Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.


The new rules make fundamental changes to how the UK immigration system functions

He explained that it will limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK, make it easier to remove those with no right to be here and ensure the Courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in immigration cases.

‘The Immigration Act is a landmark piece of legislation which will build on our existing reforms to ensure that our immigration system works in the national interest. We are already planning its implementation and will ensure these measures are introduced quickly and effectively,’ he pointed out.

‘The Immigration Act will significantly enhance the way Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and UK Visas and Immigration undertake their work to secure the border, enforce the immigration rules and continue to attract the brightest and the best,’ he added.

‘The new Act cuts the number of immigration decisions that can be appealed from 17 to four, while allowing us to return certain harmful individuals before their appeals are heard if there is no risk of serious irreversible harm,’ he also said.

There will also be a clamp down on people who try to gain an immigration advantage by entering into a sham marriage or civil partnership and landlords will be required to check the immigration status of tenants, preventing those with no right to live in the UK from accessing private rented housing.

There will also be a new requirement from temporary migrants with time limited immigration status that requires them to make a financial contribution to the National Health Service.

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Zara May 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

What about British citizens who are in a genuine marriage and had to return to the uk from their partners country due to their mother being terminally ill?


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