Changes to the Appendix Electronic Travel Authorisation

15 Mar 2024, 02 mins ago

The recent amendments to the Appendix Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) hold significant implications, particularly with regard to a focus on the new rules for individuals who have overstayed their permission in the UK. This blog aims to provide clarity on these changes and their potential impact.

Firstly, the updated Appendix ETA emphasises stringent measures regarding overstaying. Applicants aged 18 or over who have overstayed their permission face refusal, unless specific criteria are met. There are exceptions for those who overstayed for 90 days or less before 6 April 2017, or those who have overstayed for 30 days or less on or after 6 April 2017. Exceptions will also apply where the Home Office holds a record stating that permission was later authorised with awareness of the individual’s overstay, or the individual voluntarily departed the UK, not at the expense of the Secretary of State, whether directly or indirectly. Whilst this does provide some leeway it is still important to emphasise that prolonged or deliberate violations of immigration terms are subject to refusal.

Moreover, the new provisions underline the importance of compliance with immigration laws. Breaching conditions attached to permission or engaging in deceptive practices during immigration applications can result in cancellation of the ETA.

In conclusion, whilst changes to the Appendix ETA introduce stricter measures, they also serve to streamline and reinforce the UK’s immigration framework. By staying informed and seeking professional advice, individuals can navigate these adjustments with confidence and clarity.

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