Changes to UK Immigration Rules

The Home Office announced a number of changes to Immigration Rules and policy today. These include new rules affecting marriage visitors and dependants of visiting forces personnel.

For those coming to visit the UK to get married, visa officers will now be able to question applicants about their marriage plans to satisfy themselves that the applicant(s) are coming to the UK to marry. The application will be refused if the visa officer is not satisfied that arrangements have been made for notification of the marriage or that the marriage will take place during the visit.

Dependants of forces personnel will now be able to apply for entry clearance for up to four years or for the period of the posting, whichever is shorter. They will be allowed to work during their time in the UK.