Tough family migration rules confirmed

The government has laid in Parliament the regulations that will remove the full right of appeal for those applying to enter the UK as a family visitor.

The Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012 was laid in Parliament on 18th June 2012.

These regulations will come into effect from 9th July 2012.

They will change the appeal rights of family visit visa applicants, with those applying to visit their uncle, aunt, nephew niece or first cousin, or a relative who does not have settled, refugee or humanitarian protection status in the UK.

These relatives will no longer have a full right of appeal if their visa applications are refused. A limited right of appeal will remain for these people on human rights and race discrimination grounds.

The Crime and Courts Bill which was published on 10th May 2012, will, subject to Parliamentary approval, remove the full right of appeal against all family visit visa refusals. It is expected to come into force by 2014.

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