The Law Commission has published its report today on simplification of Immigration Rules[1].

Unsurprisingly they have made a number of recommendations to create a greater degree of legal certainty for applicants and they estimate that this will also assist Home Office decision makers and lead to a saving of £70 million over 10 years.

The recommendations (41 in all) include:

  • A less prescriptive means of demonstrating evidence to meet a particular requirement
  • A “booklet” method of presentation to identify differing categories albeit there would be some degree of overlap
  • Introducing numbering consistency as between differing parts of the rules
  • Not more than 2 changes to the rules per year
  • Hyperlinks, possibly to guidance intended to support the rules

Whether any of these recommendations will be adopted remains to be seen.

Get in touch if you or your family require any legal advice on the Immigration Rules as they currently stand.