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09 December 2020
On 11 November 2020 the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 received royal assent. The act provides the legislative basis for:
The bill contains provisions to:
Separate commencement orders will need to be published confirming this; however, the immigration changes are expected to take effect from the end of the transition period (ie, 11:00pm on 31 December 2020). This will be necessary to enable the domestic Immigration Rules to be applied to EEA nationals and their family members with effect from that point.
The government has made substantial changes to the current system via the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 813, which was set out in October 2020 (for further details please see "Home Office publishes Immigration Rules for new immigration system").
Separate regulations have been introduced to enable people who are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to be able to maintain their lawful status in the United Kingdom and travel to and from the United Kingdom between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021, which is the main deadline for applying under the scheme.
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