An inquiry, drawn from submissions by 175 individual families, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration alleges that the new migration rules are splitting families.
From 6th April 2013, all applications made in person via a Public Enquiry Office (PEO) will attract the relevant standard UKBA fee applied to postal applications, plus an additional £375 per person.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that EEA nationals in the UK will no longer be able to retain their status as a jobseeker and continue to claim benefits for more than six months, unless they can prove they are “genuinely seeking employment”. The move is among measures to ensure people come to the UK "for the right reasons" after it had become what the Prime Minister described as a "soft touch" under the previous Labour government.
The Executive Agency status of the UK Border Agency is to end and its functions returned to the Home Office.
The Home Office recently published a Statement of Intent setting out the government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations on the Tier 2 Codes of Practice, as well as detailing other immigration related changes.