In response to many calls and emails from EU citizens worried about their status after Article 50 has been invoked today, we have put together a brief summary on what this means. Article 50 has not changed the law. The rights of EU citizens to live and work in the UK are still the exact same. Only a change in the EU Treaties can amend the rights of EU citizens to live and work in the UK. This is likely to be a very lengthy
UK – Immigration Update EEA permanent residence applications In the last few months the numbers of EU / EEA citizens living in the UK applying for permanent residence has dramatically increased. The UK Home Secretary has mentioned that post-Brexit, that EEA citizens will require some type of documentation to continue to reside in the UK. Many applicants are looking to apply soon in case restrictions are introduced in relation to employment etc. The increase in applications has led to a new online application system and
The Home Office have agreed that from November 2016 onwards, the date on which the applicant is deemed to have acquired permanent residence will be confirmed in the approval letter to the applicant. This applies both to EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members. This is a welcome development as it will allow applicants to then know when they can apply for British citizenship. This will be one year after the date confirmed in the Home Office letter and not necessarily the date on the
The Home Office have today announced a new process to apply for EEA permanent residence and EEA Registration Certificates. The new process will allow applicants to complete and submit an online application and then book a submission appointment at a council. The applicant will then be able to hand over all their application documents for the council to then submit directly to the Home Office. Crucially, the council will witness their original passport, requiring only the witnessed copy to be submitted to the Home Office.
As many EEA / EU citizens look to apply for permanent residence or other documentation to support their right to stay in the UK – what happens to children of EEA / EU citizens born in the UK? In many cases, such children might be able to claim automatic British citizenship or to register as British citizens. The options available depend on when the child was born and what status the EU citizen parents had at that time. Let’s look at some of the key
If you wish to apply for EEA permanent residence as an employee then there are several pieces of evidence that you can provide to prove your employment history in the UK. One option to consider is to apply for a statement of your National Insurance record. This is completed online and will result in a statement (with your name, National Insurance number etc..) being posted to you. This will detail each “qualifying year” for National Insurance contributions. This will also state if your annual contributions
The referendum result to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 has left many EU nationals and their family members living in the UK in a state of uncertainty. The same uncertainty applies to EEA nationals, Swiss nationals and their family members all who benefit from EU free movement rights.
What lies ahead? What can such individuals do now to try to safeguard their status?
At this stage we would advise all EU nationals and their family members to look at applying for EU residence documents to clarify their status.
Those who are in the UK for less than 5 years should look to secure EEA Registration Certificates or EEA Family Permits / EEA Residence Cards. Those who have been in the UK in excess of 5 years should look to apply for EEA Permanent Residence.
Effective 25 July 2016 the Queensland state government in Australia has launched a new occupation list for State Sponsored visas. This applies to visa subclass 489 and subclass 190. See this weblink for more information; http://migration.qld.gov.au/skilled-migration-queensland/
Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU this has created a great deal of uncertainty for EU / EEA nationals and their family members. However it is important to remember that as of yet – nothing has changed. The UK remains a member of the EU and the free movement rights of EU / EEA nationals and their family members continue. We will soon be publishing more detailed guidance on practical steps that can be taken to protect EU / EEA nationals
UK – the new immigration rules proposed after the EU Referendum After the recent negotiations in Brussels, we now have further information on proposed changes to immigration law if the UK votes to remain in the EU following the referendum in June. The UK government has agreed a deal to give the UK “special status” in the EU – assuming the referendum is passed and so called “Brexit” avoided. There are 2 main areas of immigration that will be affected by new regulations after June.