Landlords required to check immigration status of tenants

Private landlords in the UK will now be required to check the immigration status of tenants. This is one of the provisions of the Immigration Bill which received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014.

Immigration Act 2014The measure is aimed at preventing those with no right to live in the UK from accessing private rented housing.

The government holds that the reforms being introduced by the Immigration Act 2014 will ensure UK’s immigration system is fairer to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tougher on those with no right to be here.

Home Office said the Immigration Act 2014 will limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK, make it easier to remove those with no right to be here and ensure the Courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in immigration cases.

The government is also convinced that the Immigration Act will significantly enhance the way Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and UK Visas & Immigration undertake their work to secure the border, enforce the immigration rules and continue to attract the brightest and the best.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “The Immigration Act is a landmark piece of legislation which will build on our existing reforms to ensure that our immigration system works in the national interest.

“We are already planning its implementation and will ensure these measures are introduced quickly and effectively.”

Under the Immigration Act, the number of immigration decisions that can be appealed has been cut from 17 to 4, while allowing the government to return certain harmful individuals before their appeals are heard if there is no risk of serious irreversible harm.

There will be a clamp down on people who try to gain an immigration advantage by entering into a sham marriage or civil partnership.

Under the Immigration Act, temporary migrants with time-limited immigration status will be required to make a financial contribution to the National Health Service.

The Immigration Act will also include powers to prevent repeat bail applications when a removal is imminent, revoke driving licences held by immigration offenders and allow the Home Secretary to deprive a naturalised individual of their British citizenship if their actions have been seriously prejudicial to the interests of the United Kingdom and the Home Secretary has reasonable grounds for believing the person is able to become a national of another country.

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