Nationality and Borders Bill

Information relating to the Nationality and Borders Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 6 July 2021.

The Nationality and Borders Bill is the cornerstone of the government’s New Plan for Immigration, delivering the most comprehensive reform in decades to fix the broken asylum system.

The bill – and the wider plan – has 3 key objectives:

  1. To make the system fairer and more effective so that we can better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum

  2. To deter illegal entry into the UK breaking the business model of criminal trafficking networks and saving lives

  3. To remove from the UK those with no right to be here

The introduction of the bill was preceded by a consultation, which the government has carefully considered. The government will publish its response in due course.


Published 6 July 2021
Last updated 22 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. New Chagossian nationality factsheet added.

  2. Six factsheets added: children / abuse of modern slavery protections / Electronic Travel Authorisation / inadmissibility – third country connections / overseas asylum processing / safeguarding through age assessment.

  3. New Nationality and Borders Bill factsheet added: Border Force powers to stop and seize small boats.

  4. New Nationality and Borders Bill factsheets added on differentiation, life sentences for people smugglers, removal to a safe third country and speeding up removal of foreign criminals.

  5. Link to factsheet on legal routes added.

  6. Added link to equality impact assessment.

  7. First published.