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Home Office in the media: 17 March

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Robert Goodwill

Home Office related news includes coverage of the changes to the Immigration Rules laid in Parliament yesterday by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill.

Immigration Rules change

The Times and Sun report that non-EU migrants applying to work with children and vulnerable adults in the UK will have to produce criminal record certificates as part of their visa application. Both newspapers also note that the Home Office is reducing the length of time a migrant can overstay their visa before being barred from re-entering the country for 12 months from 90 to 30 days. The changes to the Immigration Rules were announced through a Written Ministerial Statement yesterday and a comment from the Immigration Minister can be found below.

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said:

Our priority is keeping families, communities and our country safe. Foreign criminals have absolutely no right to be working with society’s most vulnerable.


While we already reserve the right to refuse a visa to anyone who is convicted of a criminal offence, the introduction of overseas criminal record checks for those looking to work with children and vulnerable adults add an extra safeguard.

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