New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1534

A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was laid yesterday, 10 October. There is some very welcome news, including more flexibility given to caseworkers on whether and when they can write to applicants to ask for missing documents. (Whether they will in practice or still refuse for minor mistakes is another matter.) In addition, the Home Office will no longer insist on seeing original documents: copies may be provided. So far, all in line with the Secretary of State’s plan to “introduce an immigration system that allows staff greater freedom to use their common sense”. That said, it is difficult to savour the moment when, on the same day,…

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