The Law Commission are proposing a shakeup of immigration rules in order to make them easier to understand.
The aim is to simplify the current 1,100 pages of regulations.
The proposals include an audit of overlapping rules and a limit to the number of times a year the rules are changed.
The Law Commission believes simpler rules would increase transparency for applicants and lead to quicker decision-making by Home Office caseworkers.
Since their introduction in 1973, the rules have grown from 40 pages to 1,100.
The law commissioner for public law, Nicholas Paines QC, said, “As the immigration rules have become longer, more detailed and more specific, they’ve also become more complicated and harder to follow for applicants.
“The Home Office has asked us to help put things right. Our proposals would introduce clearer language, and improve the presentation of the rules so they’re easier to understand and follow.
“We seek the public’s views on how to make the immigration rules simpler and more accessible.”