Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill: Lords third reading

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04 July 2018

The Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Tuesday 3 July.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

This bill would allow for:

  • granting leave to enter or remain in the UK to family members of refugees, refugees who are family members of British citizens and settled persons
  • making legal aid available for refugee family reunion cases

Following the completion of third reading, the bill will now go to the House of Commons for its consideration.

Lords report stage: Thursday 24 May

As no changes were made at report stage, the bill now proceeds to third reading.

Lords committee stage: Friday 11 May

Members discussed subjects including the number of family members for whom a person with refugee status may make an application for leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Lords second reading

The Refugee (Family Reunion) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on Friday 15 December 2017.

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