On the 11th March 2016, the Home Office presented Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, which are due to take effect from 6th April 2016.
The statement is a comprehensive outline of detailed, technical changes to specific areas of immigration policy, however a summary of the main amendments are as follows:
The Electronic Visa Waiver is being introduced for nationals of Kuwait.
The Permit Free Festival list, which enables visitors to perform at certain festivals, has been updated for 2016/17.
The maintenance requirements for students applying for leave to remain as a student union sabbatical officer, a dentist on a foundation programme or a postgraduate doctor have been reduced.
Tier 4 (General) students at independent schools can now extend their stay from within the UK.
Overseas domestic workers
Overseas domestic workers will now be allowed to take alternative employment as a domestic worker during their 6 month period of admission.
The period of leave granted to an overseas domestic worker, who is the victim of slavery or human trafficking, has been increased from 6 months to 2 years.
NHS debt and litigation costs
The NHS debt threshold is being reduced from £1000 to £500.
Applications can now be refused if a litigation debt is owed to the Home Office
However, the above rule changes do not include any reforms resulting from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)”s recent reviews of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Tier 2 visas. The Government has not yet published its response to those reports.
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