Changes to the Immigration Rules

The latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was laid before Parliament yesterday.

The changes include the following:

  • The Immigration Rules are being amended to make provision for the launch of the electronic Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for Tier 4 of the points-based system. This will strengthen the sponsorship arrangements for Tier 4 and provide educational institutions with a fast and straightforward electronic system to sponsor students. As a transitional arrangement, the current visa letters will continue as an alternative to CAS in the short term.
  • A new Representatives of Overseas Business category will replace the old Sole Representatives category. The new category introduces a requirement to speak English, which will ensure that business representatives are able to make an effective contribution while they are here. It makes provision for representatives of overseas media organisations under the Immigration Rules.
  • The arrangements for migrants covered by the judgment of 6 April 2009 in the judicial review brought by the HSMP Forum Ltd are being brought within the Immigration Rules.
  • Minor technical changes are being made to various categories of the points-based system.

The changes will come into effect on 1 October 2009.