Written statement to Parliament

Immigration rules: statement of changes from 13 December 2012

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 12 December 2012 by Mark Harper and House of Lords by Lord Taylor…

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 12 December 2012 by Mark Harper and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

My Rt Hon Friend the Home Secretary is today laying before the House a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. The main effect of these changes is twofold.

First, they will apply most of the changes to the Immigration Rules on family and private life contained in the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules laid on 22 November 2012 (HC 760) to all applications decided on or after 13 December 2012, rather than only to applications made on or after that date. This will provide greater clarity for applicants and for the UK Border Agency as to the requirements in respect of family and private life applicable to all applications decided from 13 December 2012.

Second, they will apply a transitional concession to migrants under Tier 1 (Investor) of the Points-Based System who entered the route, or applied to do so, before the clarifications in HC 760 regarding loans secured against investments and overseas custodisation of investments come into effect on 13 December 2012. This will ensure that such migrants are not adversely affected by these changes.

Wednesday 12 December 2012