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Clarificatory changes to the Visitor rules will prevent abuse by visitors who are living in the UK through frequent, successive visits and will strengthen the Rules for a third party who is providing support to a visitor (either financial support or accommodation) by requiring them to demonstrate they are able and intend to do so, and are legally present in the UK.
The period of initial leave granted to graduates undertaking an unpaid clinical attachment or dental observation post is being increased from 6 weeks to 3 months in line with the average length of such postings. Paragraphs 56R to 56W and 2 m) to p) of Appendix 1 to the Immigration Rules facilitated the entry and stay of Olympic and Paralympic Games Family Members during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in line with Host City contractual obligations. The Rules ceased to have effect on 9 November 2012 and are being deleted.