October 2019 - ICS Legal Blog

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Statement of changes and the impact in late 2019

The UKVI had announced the statement of changes and the following is a summary of the changes: The EU Settlement Scheme is contained in Appendix EU to the Immigration Rules, and it provides the basis for various groups to apply for UK immigration status, which they will require in order to remain here permanently after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. In particular, the scheme provides the basis for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, and the family members of certain UK nationals, to apply for UK immigration status. Some of the existing Immigration Rules relating to the return of certain asylum applicants to safe third countries are drafted with specific reference to the Dublin Regulation and to EU membership. These Rules concern asylum applicants in the UK who have previously travelled through, claimed asylum or have been granted asylum in EU countries. In the event of a no-deal EU exit, these Dublin Regulation provisions will no longer apply to the UK. The Rules change addresses this but ensures continuity of approach, by widening the scope of other third country Rules to deal with these cases. The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category is now closed to most initial applications but remains...