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New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules published as Brexit transition period ends

Summary:

12-page statement includes visitor and T5 (Temporary Worker) changes and takes effect at 11pm tonight

Date of Publication:
31 December 2020

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules published as Brexit transition period ends

31 December 2020
EIN

With the Brexit transition period ending tonight, the Home Office has today published a short new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules.

You can read the 12-page statement here and you can access the accompanying explanatory memorandum from here.

The explanatory memorandum summarises the main changes as follows:

• Implement commitments made in the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility and make changes on Mode IV commitments (the part of a trade agreement which sets out what persons of one party in an agreement can do in the other for the purpose of providing a service) within the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement.

• Make changes to Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) International Agreement Worker to implement commitments on contractual service suppliers and independent professionals in the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility. This agreement requires us to grant entry for up to 12 months and extend our provisions to nationals and permanent residents of Switzerland.

• Make changes to Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) International Agreement Worker to implement commitments made in the Services chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement on length of stay for European Union contractual service suppliers and independent professionals.

• Amend the Visitor rules to implement the United Kingdom's commitments on short-term business visitors in the Services chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement.

• Correct a small number of minor drafting errors made in the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 813) laid on 22 October 2020.

The changes take effect promptly at 11pm tonight and will apply to all decisions made on or after that time.