Immigration Update: Important Change to the UK Immigration Rules

2 February 2012

From 13 February 2012 the Immigration Rules will be changed so that following the refusal of a valid in time application, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will also make a removal decision.  In view of this, individuals will need to appeal against both the refusal and removal decision at the subsequent appeal.  Failure to lodge an appeal or if an appeal is unsuccessful, will result in the individual being liable to detention, restrictions and removal without further notice. 

This will potentially bring forward the date by which a migrant would need to leave the UK if their application is unsuccessful, which could be as soon as 4 weeks from the date of refusal.  It is therefore more important than ever to ensure that applications submitted include all the correct information and documents at the outset, in order to avoid a removal decision.

Your usual Kingsley Napley contact will be pleased to provide further information if required.

Schengen Visas

In accordance with the European Council Decision 2004/512/EC, from 6 February 2012, the French Consulate will issue biometric visas - this new measure entails the compulsory appearance of all visa nationals (except children under the age of 12) as biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) must be collected.

Visa agents will no longer be able to assist with applications.  

For more information please contact: Nicolas Rollason

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