From the summary of the Report by the House of Commons’ Library on the Coalition Government changes to immigration and asylum legislation, the following are some of the changes the Home Office carried out during the coalition government (2010-2015):
• Limiting the number of visas available to skilled workers with a job offer, and introducing stricter criteria to determine who is eligible to stay permanently in the UK.
• Closing the visa allowing highly skilled workers to come to the UK without a job offer, but creating some more selective visa provisions for high skilled/‘high value’ migrants (such as investors, entrepreneurs and those with ‘exceptional talent’).
• Amending student visa conditions by re-introducing visa interviews and limiting international students’ rights to work and bring family members to the UK, and subjecting education providers to more demanding requirements.
• Closing the post-study work visa and replacing it with more limited provisions.
• Introducing new family visa eligibility criteria, such as the £18,600 ‘minimum income’ requirement for partner visas, in order to encourage integration and protect public funds.
• Restricting new migrants’ entitlements to certain welfare benefits, including for European citizens.
• Legislating for the Immigration Act 2014, which was intended to make it easier to remove people refused permission to stay in the UK (by reducing the scope to appeal and simplifying the removal process) and to create a more ‘hostile environment’ for people living in the UK without a valid immigration status.
Read the Full Report.
Read the Summary.