New Statement of Changes Published For UK Immigration Rules
The immigration process is ever-evolving, and keeping yourself up to date with upcoming changes is essential to ensure that your visa request is accepted. Today, we will look into some announcements that the Home Office has made regarding changes in immigration rules.
A newly updated Statement of Changes was released by the Home Office on 7 September, 2023. According to the statement, there have been some key modifications in the UK immigration rules.
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Updates
From 5 October 2023, if your EUSS application has been denied or cancelled, you won’t be eligible for an administrative review request.
The good news is that you can appeal the decision by aligning with the Citizens’ Rights Agreement. This makes the appeal process much simpler and eliminates dual redress options.
Enhancement in Youth Mobility Schemes
Recently, Canada and Australia’s bilateral agreements have been fortified, according to which 18-35 is the new age bracket. Also, the 2 year stay duration was increased to 3 years.
Andorra has also joined this scheme, which will be implemented from 31 of January 2024.
Amendments in Long Residence Rule
Some categories have been excluded from the ‘lawful residence’ definition after April 2023. Previous versions of immigration bail and certain visa routes are covered through this exclusion, which will be effective from the 5 October 2023.
New Appendices Have Been Introduced
Appendix Children is one of the new appendices covering child dependants’ requirements and independent child applications. This will be effective from the 5 October 2023.
Appendix Returning Resident, which focuses on the former residents of the UK and also replaces Immigration Rules paragraphs 18-20. This will also be effective from 5 October 2023.
Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) Scheme
There have been some changes in the ETA scheme, which will launch in October 2023. The changes included NHS debt as a refusal ground being removed.
However, it is important to note that border entry can still be refused. Furthermore, according to another update, some travellers will have to prove their Irish residency. This change will be implemented after 5 October 2023.
Expansion of English Language Requirement
Starting from 5 October 2023, there will be 6 more routes through which you can use certain qualifications to prove your English proficiency.
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