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UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Bill Receives Royal Assent

The Immigration Bill finally received Royal Assent on May 14, 2014, and will now pass into law.  The main provisions previously outlined have remained intact with minor amendments.

A few of the 77 new clauses in the new Immigration Act 2014 are summarized below:

The controversial new requirement for private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, to prevent undocumented migrants from accessing privately rented accommodations, will be piloted later this year.  Employers who arrange accommodations for their staff, including migrants with limited leave to remain, will need to ensure that they comply with the new requirement once it comes into force.

The government has already published its response to the National Health Service charging consultation on December 31, 2013.  A health surcharge for non-EEA temporary migrants is expected to be introduced next year.

A late amendment to the legislation added a new clause to correct a discriminatory anomaly whereby those individuals born between 1983 and July 1, 2006, to British fathers who were not married to their non-British mothers did not qualify for automatic British citizenship at birth.  The new clause will enable such individuals to obtain British citizenship if they have not already done so.

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