Response says aim is for consolidated and simplified Rules to be in force from January 2021
Home Office publishes response to the Law Commission report on simplifying the Immigration Rules
25 March 2020
The Home Office has today published its response to the Law Commission's report and recommendations on the simplification of the Immigration Rules.
You can read the 49-page response here.
The Law Commission made 41 recommendations for change and the Home Office has accepted 24 of the recommendations and partially accepted the other 17 recommendations.
"We have already begun the process of reviewing, simplifying and consolidating the Rules, based on the principles they identify … Our aim is for consolidated and simplified Rules to be in force from January 2021," the Home Office stated.
In a written statement to the Commons today, the Kevin Foster, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Future Borders and Immigration, said:
"This government is committed to creating a firm and fair immigration system that prioritises the skills people have to offer, not where their passport comes from, and restores public trust by ensuring the immigration system truly works for this country.
"The Immigration Rules form one of the foundations of our immigration system. So I am pleased today to publish our response to the Law Commission's report and recommendations on simplifying the Immigration Rules. I am extremely grateful to the Law Commission for their detailed and constructive work.
"The first recommendation from the Law Commission is we should overhaul the Immigration Rules, consolidating and streamlining, based on the principles they have identified. I am pleased to announce we accept this recommendation. Our aim is to complete this overhaul by January 2021.
"Simplified rules will be at the heart of Britain's new, global points-based immigration system.
"For far too long, users have struggled to understand the confusing and complex Immigration Rules. They create barriers for employers who want to bring skilled workers to the UK; to colleges who want to encourage international students to come to the UK, and to the brightest and best migrants from around the world who want to make a contribution to the UK.
"We will cut through the complexity and make the Rules clear, consistent and accessible, to encourage those who have the skills or talent to benefit the UK, and to crack down on illegal migration and remove those who abuse our hospitality by committing criminal offences.
"In line with the Law Commission's recommendations, I have already established a Simplification of the Rules Review Committee to look at the drafting and structure of the Rules. The Committee will ensure the simplification principles put in place now continue to apply in future, whilst providing ongoing support to continuously improve and adapt the Rules in our changing world.
"The Law Commission made 41 recommendations for change. We accept 24 of the recommendations, and partially accept the other 17 recommendations. Where we have not fully accepted a recommendation that does not mean we disagree with the with the ambition behind the recommendations, it generally means we want to explore how it can be delivered in practice.
"Simplification of the Immigration rules, the global points-based immigration system, and the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill which will end free movement, will deliver the biggest shake-up of the immigration system in a generation."