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Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules 7th December 2023

Dec 14, 2023

On the 7th December 2023 James Cleverly laid before the House a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. 

Changes to Visitor Rules 

As set out in the Spring Budget 2023, we are amending the list of permitted business activities that can be undertaken by individuals on a UK Visit visa, including by:  

(a) removing the restriction on visitors working directly with clients in an intra-corporate context (subject to the activity being incidental to their employment abroad and to the delivery of a wider project by the UK branch of their overseas employer),  

(b) naming remote work as a permitted activity, providing this is not the primary purpose of the visit,  

(c) expanding the list of unpaid work activities that legal professionals can undertake in the UK, allowing scientists to conduct research in the UK as part of their visit, and  

(d) allowing pilots and cabin crew members to travel to the UK as part of a Civil Aviation Authority-approved wet leasing agreement. 

Permitted Paid Engagements (PPE) 

by including speaking at conferences in the list of permitted engagements. By incorporating the provisions of the route into the Standard visitor route, to enable easier switching between PPE activities and the other permitted business activities, and to enable easier travel across the UK border for nationalities eligible to use e-passport gates. 

Introduction of new Appendix Statelessness 

The Home Office are making changes to the partner and child rules on the statelessness route. 

A partner or child will no longer be eligible to apply for permission as a dependent under the stateless route but will instead need to meet the requirements to come to, or stay in, the UK as a partner or child of a stateless person under the family rules in Appendix FM.  

A person who already has permission as a partner or child of a stateless person under the current Stateless Immigration Rules in Part 14 will be able to continue to extend their permission or stay in the UK under those provisions. 

Changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) 

The EUSS enables EU, other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens living in the UK by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, and their family members, to obtain the immigration status they need to continue living in the UK. We are making two particular changes where the EUSS is concerned. 

First, to reinforce the Government’s approach to tackling illegal migration, we will prevent a valid application to the EUSS as a joining family member being made by an irregular arrival to the UK (which will include small boat arrivals) as well as by an illegal entrant. Second, consistent with the temporary protection of rights conferred on them by the Citizens’ Rights Agreements for three months from their arrival in the UK, we will require a person in the UK as a visitor to make any application to the EUSS as a joining family member within three months of their arrival (subject to reasonable grounds for any delay in applying). 

Changes to travel document requirements for school groups visiting the UK from France 

Changes to allow children aged 18 and under, studying at a school in France, to visit the UK on an organised educational trip without the usual passport or visit visa requirements. EU, other EEA and Swiss national children will be able to travel on their national identity cards. Visa-national children will still be required to travel on their passports but will not have to obtain a visit visa. 

Introduction of new Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse 

Introducing an out of country settlement route for victims of transnational marriage abandonment. 

Changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme 

The Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) implements the international commitments that have been made to provide cultural exchange programmes for young people. 

We are adding Uruguay to the list of countries and territories participating in the YMS and making changes to reflect that the UK’s existing reciprocal, bilateral arrangements with Japan and the Republic of Korea have been enhanced. 

The changes to the Immigration Rules are being laid on 7 December 2023 and will come into effect on various dates between 7th December 2023 and 31st January 2024. 

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