Immigration Act 2014 comes into force

14 July 2014

Many sections of the Immigration Act 2014 come into force on 14 and 28 July 2014.

The provisions that have not yet been implemented include the replacement of appeals with administrative review, landlord checks and the immigration health charge.

The Department of Health has published a two-year plan for improving NHS systems throughout the UK including identification of chargeable patients. This involves claiming back £200 million for the treatment of EEA nationals, and £100 million for the treatment of non-EEA nationals who are not entitled to free health care. Hospital trusts that fail to identify and charge patients will be fined, so students should be prepared to provide evidence that they are entitled to free NHS treatment, including having their EHIC if relevant.

The document confirms that GP and nurse consultations will remain free of charge, although there are plans to extend charging to some primary care treatment and to Accident and Emergency services. It also confirms that there will be exceptions from the immigration health charge for vulnerable groups, and the Government is considering exceptions for British emigrants and those from countries that have reciprocal agreements with the UK. Immediately necessary treatment and urgent treatment will not be delayed or denied, but there will be a charge if the patient is not exempt.