The UK Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014, becoming law to start a series of reforms . The Immigration Act 2014 contains 77 clauses and makes fundamental changes to how the UK immigration system functions. According to the UK Home Office, the new Act will “limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK, making it easier to remove those with no right to be there 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”.
- Reducing the number of immigration decisions that can be appealed
- Ensuring that the courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) Article 8 claims in immigration cases
- Stricter on people who try to gain an immigration advantage by entering into a sham marriage or civil partnership
- Requiring private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants
- Introducing a new requirement from temporary migrants with time-limited immigration status by requiring them to make a financial contribution to the National Health Service
Further details on the Bill that was passed and the rationale can be found here. While these changes appear to be stricter and make UK immigration laws tighter, The Visa Centre does not expect a major problem for legitimate applicants. To find out more about your options to visit or migrate to UK lawfully, please contact us.