CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION RULES PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT ON 7 MARCH 2019 (HC 1919)

Introduction

  1. This explanatory memorandum has been prepared by the Home Office and is laid before
    Parliament by Command of Her Majesty
  2. This memorandum contains information for the Committee on the UK’s exit from the
    European Union.

Purpose of the instrument

  1. The main changes are to:
  • Introduce new Start-up and Innovator categories for those coming to the UK to set
    up a business, replacing the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) and Tier 1
    (Entrepreneur) categories;
  • Make reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category to protect better against financial
    crime and ensure investments are of greater benefit to the UK economy;
  • Increase the initial period of leave for those who qualify for Stateless leave, and
    make clear that to qualify for stateless leave someone must show that they cannot
    acquire a nationality or a right to permanent residence in another country to which
    they may be entitled; and
  • Provide for the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme for resident EU citizens
    and their family members to obtain UK immigration status, alongside two negative
    procedure Statutory Instruments being laid before Parliament on 7 March 2019: the
    Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Refund, Waiver and Amendment) (EU Exit)
    Regulations 2019, which provide for no application fee for the scheme, and the
    Immigration (European Economic Area Nationals) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019,
    which, in part, make changes associated with the scheme to other secondary
    legislation

Matters of special interest to Parliament

  1. Matters of special interest to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
  • None.

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