New Clause 10 - Visa penalties: review and revocation

Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 4th November 2021.

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“(1) This section applies where any visa penalty provision is in force in relation to a specified country.

(2) The Secretary of State must, before the end of each relevant period—

(a) review the extent to which the country’s cooperation in relation to returns has improved, and

(b) in light of that review, determine whether it is appropriate to amend the visa penalty provision.

(3) If at any time the Secretary of State is no longer of the opinion mentioned in section (Removals from the UK: visa penalties for uncooperative countries)(2), the Secretary of State must as soon as practicable revoke the visa penalty provision.

(4) Each of the following is a relevant period—

(a) the period of 2 months beginning with the day on which the visa penalty provision came into force;

(b) each subsequent period of 2 months.

(5) In this section—

(a) ‘specified country’ and ‘visa penalty provision’ have the same meanings as in section (Removals from the UK: visa penalties for uncooperative countries);

(b) ‘cooperation in relation to returns’ means cooperation as mentioned in subsection (2)(a) of that section.”—

This new clause provides for the review of the effectiveness of visa penalty provision made in relation to an uncooperative country under NC9. It also requires the revocation of visa penalty provision if the Secretary of State concludes that the country concerned has demonstrated sufficient cooperation with the UK Government.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.