Act 13 (Immigration)

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Act 13 (Immigration)
Proposed 8 November 2008
Imperial Consent given on 8 November 2008
Imperial Consent given at Parliament Hall, Wrythe
Imperial Consent given by HRH Emperor Terry I
Amended by  • Act 36 (6th Revision to Existing Laws)

Act 13 (Immigration) of the Parliament of Austenasia was an Act of Parliament passed on 8 November 2008 and repealed on 22 September 2011. This Act made laws regarding the border controls of the Empire of Austenasia, established a national census, and founded what is now known as the Home Office as the Department of Residents and Immigration.

Laws 1 and 2 of Act 13 established a very liberal policy on border controls - anybody was free to leave the Empire, and people could only be refused entry if they had been exiled, if Austenasia was under a state of emergency, or if the Monarch or Prime Minister did not permit them to enter. Law 3 founded the Department of Residents and Immigration - renamed to the Home Office in January 2009 - and tasked it with managing border controls and with keeping a census of the Austenasian population, which is still maintained today. Law 4 required all residents to inform said Department of any change in their name, address, or voting status so that the census could be updated.

Law 2 was amended by Law 3 of Act 36 (6th Revision to Existing Laws), which removed the ability for the Monarch or Prime Minister to unilaterally refuse a person entry to the Empire and made it so that the border could remain open during a state of emergency if permitted by Parliament. As with all Acts of Parliament passed before the implementation of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, Act 13 was repealed on 22 September 2011. However, the duties of the Home Office to oversee border controls and keep an updated census were confirmed by said Constitution, which stated that all government ministries would "retain the functions [and] duties... held before" its implementation.