Simplification of the Immigration Rules

March 26, 2020

On 25 March 2020 the Home Office published response to the Law Commission’s report and recommendations on simplification of the UK Immigration Rules. The response and recommendations are set out on 49 pages of the guidance. The Home Office’s aim is for the new consolidated and simplified Rules to be in force from January 2021.


The UK Government has realised that for far too long users have struggled to understand the confusing and complex Immigration Rules. I, personally, have heard many times from the prospective and existing Licensed sponsors that they struggle to navigate the Rules and find relevant information in the complex Home Office Policy Guidance. This is the most welcome news that the UK Immigration Rules will be consolidated and simplified, restructured so that they are easy to use and understand and will be drafted in plain English.


It is imperative that the new, simplified Rules are suitable for the non-expert users. It is also welcome that the Simplification of the Immigration Rules Review Committee will seek to maximise the benefits of tech technology to prove the Immigration Requirements.


At Chan Neill Solicitors our ultimate goal is to help Licensed sponsors and migrants to navigate the comprehensive Immigration Rules and Home Office Policy Guidance. Should you have any questions regarding your UK visa situation or regarding sponsorship of migrant workers, please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Team.

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