Law Commission consultation on simplifying the Immigration Rules

Closed 3 May 2019

Opened 21 Jan 2019


This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales.

Topic of this consultation:

This consultation paper reviews the Immigration Rules in order to identify the underlying causes of their complexity, and to identify principles under which they can be redrafted to make them simpler and more accessible.

It makes a number of preliminary proposals to pave the way for the introduction and maintenance of clear, comprehensible and logically organised Rules, and asks whether consultees agree. It also seeks the views of consultees on more open questions.

The paper also includes specimen redrafting of some of the Rules.

The review does not consider substantive immigration policy.

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How to respond to this consultation:

We recommend that consultees read the consultation paper before responding to the consultation. A shorter summary is also available. Both documents can be found here.

We are aware that our consultation paper is lengthy, and that the response form asks a lot of questions. Please do not feel that you must answer every question. If you are only interested in one part of our consultation, or even if you wish to answer only one question, you can respond to just that part or question.

Responses to our consultation questions can be in any format and do not need to be submitted via this online platform. However, we recommend using this online platform because it assists us to compile your answers efficiently.

You do not need to complete all of your answers in one go. You can save and return to the form at any time.

While it is very useful to us if you can respond to the specific questions which we ask, we have also provided a box at the end of the response form for any additional comments you may wish to share with us.

About the Law Commission:

The Law Commission is a statutory body, created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 (“the 1965 Act”) for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law. It is an advisory Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The Law Commission is independent of Government. For more information about the Law Commission please visit

Privacy notice:

We may publish or disclose information you provide us in response to this consultation, including personal information. For more information on how we consult and how we may use responses to the consultation, please see page ii of the consultation paper. For information about how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy notice at


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