Home Office: Extensive changes to Immigration Rules from 19 Nov onwards

Home Office: Extensive changes to Immigration Rules from 19 November onwards


The Home Office has given notification of a large number of changes to the Immigration Rules, most of which come into effect from 19 November onwards. In a statement issues on 29 October the Home Office summarised these changes as follows:


Not allowing EU nationals to make asylum claims, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Clarifying the circumstances in which refugee status will be withdrawn.

United Kingdom Border Agency visa application form. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.


Ensuring indefinite leave and naturalisation applicants, who normally rely on an English language qualification, take a Secure English Language Test.
The introduction of the £35k minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 settlement, which will come into force on 6 April 2016.


Family/Private Life

Providing that a child’s application for entry clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State considers that the sponsor or the sponsor’s partner poses a risk to the child.

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) of the Points Based System

Amending the endorsement criteria used by Tech City UK, to better reflect the skills and experience of target applicants who are most likely to add value to the UK digital technology sector.



Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points Based System

Adding nurses and four digital technology jobs to the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List. Changes to clarify the charity worker rules for sponsors and applicants. Setting the annual allocation of places available under the Youth Mobility Scheme for 2016. Minor amendments to the list of Government Authorised Exchange Schemes. Additional technical changes are being made to the Immigration Rules.


For more information please download full statement :HC535 (click here)_immigration_rules ;pdf




Credit: Migrantsrights and gov.uk