Immigration Bill laid in Parliament
The Home Office has introduced new legislation that will bring about significant changes to the UK immigration system.
According to the Home Office, the Immigration Bill will stop migrants using public services where they are not entitled to do so, reduce the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here.
The Bill includes provisions that will:
- cut the number of decisions that can be appealed from 17 to four — preserving appeals for those asserting fundamental rights,
- extend the number of non-suspensive appeals. Where there is no risk of serious irreversible harm, the Government wants to be able to deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeal later,
- 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,
- restrict the ability of immigration detainees to apply repeatedly for bail if they have previously been refused it,
- require private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, to prevent those with no right to live in the UK from accvessing private rented housing,
- make it easier for the Home Office to recover unpaid civil penalties,
- introduce a new requirement for temporary migrants, for example overseas students, who have only a time-limited immigration status to make a contribution to the National Health Service,
- require banks to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening bank accounts,
- introduce new powers to check driving licence applicants’ immigration status before issuing a licence and revoking licences where immigrants are found to have overstayed in the UK, and
- clamp down on people who try to gain an immigration advantage by entering into a sham marriage or civil partnership.
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.
For specialist advice on all aspects of UK immigration, including temporary workers and overseas students, please contact our immigration barristers and lawyers today. We look forward to hearing from you.