Details Of UK Immigration Bill Revealed

By Editorial 17 October, 2013

A new Immigration Bill has been submitted to the UK Parliament, introducing measures that include a requirement for private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, and for overseas students and other time-limited migrants to make a contribution to the National Health Service.

The landlord requirement was criticized in August, with the UK Council for International Student Affairs warning that it would make it more difficult for foreign students to sort out their accommodation prior to arrival in the UK and to extend tenancy agreements. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, a UK charity, has been quoted as saying that an NHS levy would deter overseas students who "pay extremely high fees already."

According to the UK Government, the Bill will stop migrants from using public services where they are not entitled to do so, reduce the factors which encourage people to come to the UK, and make it easier to remove people who should not be in the country.

Immigration decisions that can be appealed will reduced from 17 to four, and it will be made easier to deport migrants convicted of crimes and to recover unpaid civil damages. Courts will also be instructed to consider Parliament's view of the public interest when considering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in immigration cases. Further, banks will have to check a database of immigration offenders before opening a bank account, and new powers will revoke driving licenses for those who overstay.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper was quoted as saying that the UK "will continue to welcome the brightest and best migrants who want to contribute to our economy and society and play by the rules."

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