Gain permission to stay in the UK, or face removal

Every migrant to obtain ‘permission’ to stay

12 November 2009: The Home Office has made it clear you have to gain permission to stay, or face removal for breaking the law.

The new draft proposals published in Parliament make it mandatory for every migrant entering the United Kingdom to obtain ‘permission’ to stay.

Available information indicates under these measures in the draft Immigration Bill five current application categories available to migrants will be replaced by one clear concept – ‘permission’ to be in the United Kingdom. As such, the new approach makes the rules easier for applicants and staff. The migrants will either be granted permission or refused.

The Home Office has asserted: These proposals are the next step in building on the rapid progress the Government has made in tightening up Britain’s border controls.

Over the past three years the United Kingdom has seen the introduction of e-Borders to check individuals in and out of the country and the implementation of the points-based system which ensures that only those who benefit the economy can come here to work.

In order to bring together the essential changes that have already taken place, the government is proposing a new bill to bring forward a new legal framework to simplify and consolidate 40 years of immigration laws. This will make the system more transparent than ever before.

Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has added, `This government has implemented the biggest overhaul of the immigration system for a generation, and it is important that UK laws reflect these changes.

‘I believe that Parliament should be in primary control of immigration – this bill will ensure that Parliament and not case law determines policy.

‘The draft Immigration Bill we have published today will enable us to work more efficiently and is the next step in bringing together the strong measures we have put in place to control our borders and making them simpler to use and enforce.’

The new, temporary, time-limited, permission will be given for a particular purpose to visit, work or study and is subject to conditions such as access to work or public funds. Permanent residents will be given permission without any time limit or conditions attached.

The draft bill also proposes a new streamlined power of expulsion replacing the current powers of deportation and removal. Individuals who are issued with an expulsion order will be required to leave the United Kingdom and will not be able to re-enter while the order is in force.

A tough new menu of conditions is proposed for those on immigration bail, including restrictions on residence, work or study; access to public funds; and reporting and electronic monitoring.

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