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Statement of Intent makes it into the Immigration Rules

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A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was released on Friday July 20th.  It is available here.

This statement introduces Appendix EU into the Immigration Rules to enable the Home Office to implement the EU Settlement Scheme in preparation for the UK leaving the European Union.

The explanatory memorandum says: “This Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules introduces a new Appendix EU to the Rules to provide for applications by resident EU citizens and others for leave to remain in the United Kingdom under the EU Settlement Scheme. In parallel, Parliament has before it an affirmative procedure measure on biometric enrolment and – laid in parallel today – The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which will specify fees for applications under Appendix EU and provide for exceptions in respect of those fees. Together these measures align with the Government’s Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme, published on 21 June 2018.

The changes were necessary to enable the initial pilot to trial the scheme in the North West of England and will take effect on August 28.