Changes to the Immigration Rules – July 2013

Monday 10 June 2013, a number of minor changes to the Immigration Rules have been published which will come into force on 1 July 2013.

They include:

.changes to the documents required for approved English language tests;
.clarification that ‘regulated financial institutions’ means those regulated to provide personal savings accounts or .student loans;
.more legal courses are now exempt from the time limit on study for Tier 4 student visas; and
.a resident labour market test is not needed for applications for a religious worker (Tier 5) extension.

Other changes include:

some minor updates and clarifications to the family Immigration Rules;
changes to the list of financial institutions in Bangladesh and Ghana from which documents can be verified.
Tuberculosis screening is now required in more countries including:
China;
Ethiopia;
Gambia;
Hong Kong;
Indonesia;
Macau;
Malawi;
Morocco;
Sierra Leone;
Uganda;
Vietnam; and
Zambia.
For full details of all changes please see the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC244) and explanatory memorandum