United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules in 2018

What has changed

In October 2018, the UK authorities announced several proposed changes to occur in UK immigration.

These are recapped below.

 Major Decisions Announced in 2018
  • On October 10, 2018, the UK Parliament announced a Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, introducing various changes to the application process. These changes allow for more flexibility in the process and document requirements.
  • Effective November 1, 2018 until December 21, 2018, the EU Settlement Scheme will enter the second trial phase which introduces the right to administrative review.
  • Beginning December 2018, and subject to Parliamentary approval, the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge is expected to double.

Who is affected

All clients who have employees who intend to relocate to the UK.

What to expect

Changes to the Application Process and Requirements Include:
  • Copies can be provided in place of original documents
  • A photograph is no longer required
  • Online applications no longer require paper forms
  • The passport can be returned to the applicant. (Please note that the application is deemed withdrawn if the applicant leaves the UK during the application process.)

The Second Trial Phase of the EU Settlement Scheme:
This phase introduces the right to administrative review of denied “settled” status applications, including those refused on the basis that they do not meet the eligibility requirement as well as applications which granted limited (pre-settled) rather than indefinite (settled) status. This will apply to staff in higher education, health and social sectors across the UK and “vulnerable individuals” supported by specific local authorities and community groups.

Changes in the Yearly Cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge:
Beginning December 2018, and subject to Parliamentary approval, the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge will double, from £200 to £400 for non-EU nationals. This change is expected to generate £220 million for the National Health Service.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.