This was introduced as a (temporary) measure to address post-Brexit shortages for poultry workers, butchers and HGV drivers delivering food.
This deadline marked the end of the grace period where the rights under EU law of EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in Latvia and Malta were protected. To secure their future status, they were expected to apply for a new post-Brexit status testifying that they had lawfully exercised Freedom of Movement.
Memorandum of understading re: migration and mobility partnership between UK and India.
As part of a set of measures put in place by the UK Government in consequence of their judgement that the 'One Country, Two Systems' solution laid out in the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong had been breached, this bespoke visa scheme was launched to facilitate the entry and settlement in the UK of those holding BN(O) status and their dependents.
In line with the end of the Brexit transition period, this bill officially repealed EU law on Free Movement into the UK and paved the way for the UK's new points-based immigration system.