A new Statement of Changes to the immigration rules was published on 4 March 2021. This makes various changes to the immigration rules, introducing a new Graduate route and making minor changes to other types of visa. Changes are also being made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
As most readers of this blog will be aware, the EU Settlement Scheme is the UK’s answer to the question – What happens to EEA nationals in the UK after Brexit? The answer: they must all apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. The Statement of Changes makes several changes to this Scheme (which has already been amended numerous times since being introduced in early 2019).
Broadly speaking, the changes are a result of two things:
The effect of the changes are as follows:
These changes come in to force on 6 April 2021.
Changes are also being made to allow family members of British/Irish citizens born in Northern Ireland:
These changes will come in to force on 1 July 2021.
Appendix EU and Appendix EU (Family Member) are virtually unreadable as it is. These additional changes will not help. Unfortunately, as time progresses, the legal provision in this important area seems to get more and more incomprehensible.
The reason changes are being made, and their effect is not always clear from reading the (very poorly drafted) legislation. Without real life examples, it is often difficult to understand the real-life effect. No doubt all will become clear as more and more people apply, and as unsuccessful applicants make their way through the appeal process. The never ending cycle of piecemeal legislative change and litigation continues.
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