New immigration rules published today http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... r/35-rules
It would be great if one of Gurus could have a look and clarify it because a lot of people must be very interested in it. I am not solicitor, so maybe I got it all wrong?
I see a lot of people noticed about new absence rules. But what about new criminality requirements? It looks like, correct me if I'm wrong, people finally will not need to worry about minor traffic offences, fines, etc.
New rules were published today (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... iew=Binary)
From Page 79:
If we look at Part 9 (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/polic ... les/part9/) it says:Changes to the Criminality Requirements
7.46 The general grounds for refusal (Part 9 of the immigration rules) provide a cross-cutting range of factors – some discretionary, some mandatory – which, if applicable, result in a refusal of an application even if the more specific requirements of a particular immigration route are met.
7.47 The changes to the criminality requirements respond to the commencement of section 56A of the UK Borders Act 2007 (inserted by section 140 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012), which came into force on 1st October 2012. This will put beyond doubt whether or not the concept of a conviction becoming ‘spent’ within the meaning of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is applicable in immigration and nationality decisions.
7.48 Instead, the requirements within the general grounds for refusal will determine whether or not that application will be successful.
7.49 This approach improves the fairness, transparency and consistency in the UK Border Agency’s decision-making process. Applicants will know exactly how any criminal convictions affect their application.
7.50 One of the consequential amendments is the removal of the requirement to have no unspent convictions in order to make a successful application for indefinite leave, which is being replaced by the wider criminality framework outlined in Part 9 and Appendix FM.
I did not find anything else there about criminality.18: save where the Immigration Officer is satisfied that admission would be justified for strong compassionate reasons, conviction in any country including the United Kingdom of an offence which, if committed in the United Kingdom, is punishable with imprisonment for a term of 12 months or any greater punishment or, if committed outside the United Kingdom, would be so punishable if the conduct constituting the offence had occurred in the United Kingdom;
So, did I understand correctly? Does it mean that now only criminal convictions of 12+ months imprisonment will create problems for ILR application?
I don't want to make this topic a speculation zone. It would be great if one of Gurus could have a look and clarify it because a lot of people must be very interested in it. I am not solicitor, so maybe I got it all wrong? (sorry for repeating it but really don't want speculations)
Thanks a lot!