Guidance on the COVID-19 Bill has been released and includes provisions to enable immigration officers to detain a person who is, or may be, infectious. In a worst case scenario, the Home Secretary can request that the ports and airport operators temporarily close and suspend operations if there are Border Force shortages which will cause a significant threat to the UK’s border security.
The government could be forced to delay all its proposed changes to the immigration system due to COVID-19, according to Eurasia Group – a political risk research consultancy. This delay should enable the Government time to reconsider the position with respect to the future immigration system and the implementation of provisions for ‘low skilled’ workers.
We are following all the developments relating to the coronavirus emergency closely, especially with regards to its impact on UK immigration matters. Please do keep updated with our further blogs and bulletins on this site.
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