2.3 Immigration Rules
You will also encounter the Immigration Rules as you study immigration law. They are a unique form of delegated legislation.
The Secretary of State is authorised to amend the Immigration Rules by a simple Parliamentary process called the negative resolution procedure. Any change to the Immigration Rules is simply laid before Parliament and then automatically becomes law; unless there is an objection by a Member of Parliament (MP). Changes are published in documents called Statements of Changes. If there is an objection to an amendment by an MP, it triggers a parliamentary debate.
The current set of Immigration Rules (the Rules) is officially called HC 395. (HC 395 is the reference number of the document in the House of Commons Library.)
Activity 1: Understanding the Immigration Rules
Now check your understanding of the interchangeable terms used when referring to legislation by using the drop-down boxes to complete the following sentences.