Under the Immigration Act 2014, private landlords will be required to check the immigration status of tenants, and may be liable to a civil penalty if they do not do so, under IA 2014. The Home Secretary is also given the power to deprive a naturalised individual of their right to British citizenship, and new powers are created in order to clamp down on sham marriages and civil partnerships. Further, banks will be have to check the immigration status of individuals before opening an account and those unlawfully in the UK will not be able to obtain a driving licence. Unless otherwise stated the provisions come into force on a day appointed by the Secretary of State.
As of the 28 October 2013, the government has introduced changes to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirement which will apply to any application for permanent residence (settlement) in the UK for adults (aged 18 and above). The new requirements will also apply to individuals applying to naturalise as British citizens.
It has been almost a year since the introduction of new draconian immigration rules relating to family migration. We shared some of our concerns about the changes in a previous blog, ‘New rules for family migration – unrealistic specified documents’, and evidence would now suggest that these rules continue to result in partners being split up.