Queen’s Speech: Immigration rules to be toughened

A new Immigration Bill will include tough new measures to continue immigration reform and prevent illegal immigrants accessing services they’re not entitled to.

The bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, will also contain measures to make it harder for people to prevent their removal with spurious appeals, reduce the complexity of immigration law and make clear that foreign national offenders should be deported, except in extraordinary circumstances.

The bill will ensure Article 8 is not abused by individuals trying to avoid removal by giving the full force of primary legislation to the policy the government already set out in the Immigration Rules.

Landlords would also be required to check the immigration status of tenants and could face fines for failing to do so. Fines for rogue employers who use illegal labour would be doubled.

Access to public services for temporary migrants would also be regulated to ensure those accessing the NHS and other services are making a contribution.

The bill will aim to "ensure that this country attracts people who will contribute and deter those who will not," the Queen told MPs and peers.

Immigration focus of Queen’s Speech

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