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Post Pankina Rules Update


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Following Pankina, UKBA laid Statement of Changes HC 382, different parts of which came into effect on 23 July and 12 August 2010.

The main changes were to incorporate into the main Immigration Rules some provisions that had previously featured only in the policy guidance and which were declared unlawful in the Pankina and English UK cases. Paragraphs 17 to 19 of the Statement of Changes reintroduced the minimum English language requirement, effective as of 23 July 2010. Paragraphs 21 and 22 reintroduced the three month funds rule for in country applications and the 28 day equivalent rule in entry clearance applications, again effective as of 23 July 2010.

Other changes included slight tweaks to the titles of the general grounds for refusal and some changes relating to Highly Trusted Sponsors under the Points Based System.

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