In the dizzy merry-go-round that is UK immigration law, the government has issued its second ‘Statement of Changes’, this year, through which changes to the Immigration Rules are announced. Covering 68 pages, the main thrust of the changes is to bring some much needed clarity to the EU Settlement Scheme:
- British citizens living in the UK can bring their partners back under EU law until 29 March 2022 – if the relationship existed before Brexit, which was on 31 January 2020. If the relationship started during the transition period, you can only take advantage of EU law until the end of 31 December 2020.
- Settlement granted under the EU Settlement Scheme will not lapse if the holder is absent from the UK for up to five years
Other changes include adding Archaeology on the Shortage Occupation list, capping the salary threshold for Indefinite Leave to Remain under Tier 2 (General) for the next few years, and reducing the quote for Youth Mobility visas for Australian, New Zealand and Canadian citizens by 1000 each.
The changes come into effect on 06 April 2020.