With almost daily Home Office updates on Brexit and Immigration law, even the most experienced London immigration solicitors can feel as if Brexit will never end. That’s perhaps not surprising given its over three years since the Brexit referendum. However, if Immigration solicitors think that Brexit will never be out of the news or off the political agenda, spare a thought for EU nationals living in the UK, not knowing what their best Brexit options are.
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Your Brexit options
• Do nothing – that may seem like the easiest option but it is not the best strategy. In both the short and long term doing nothing won't be in your best interests;
• Check your Immigration status to see if you are already entitled to Permanent Residence or leave to remain in the UK. It can be worth asking a Brexit solicitor for advice on your Immigration status because applications for Permanent Residence are dealt with under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 rather than under UK Immigration Rules. If you are an EU citizen who came to the UK before the EEA Regulations 2006 came into force, you may have indefinite leave to remain rather than a right to apply for Permanent Residence.
• Apply for pre-settled status or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme. If you make an application for either pre-settled status or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme then Home Office officials will consider your application using Immigration Rules and guidance contained in Appendix EU and Appendix EU (Family Permit). These two Appendixes state how EEA citizens, their family members, and the family member of qualifying British citizens, can apply for pre-settled or Settled Status under the Immigration Rules.
Pre-settled status and Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme
• Visit visas to come to the UK to see friends and family or for tourism;
• Work visas (tier 2 (General) visa) to take up Employment in the UK;
• Student Visas to study at UK colleges or universities;
• Family visas to join spouses or partners in the UK.
Evidence of status
The best Brexit option for you
• The difficulties encountered by people in applying for Settled Status;
• The delays in getting decisions from the Home Office on Settled Status applications;
• Home Office officials giving applicants pre-settled status rather than the expected Settled Status
It is easy to forget that you have alternative Brexit options, such as Permanent Residence or indefinite leave to remain.
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How can OTS Solicitors help get you Brexit ready?
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Posted on: Thursday, 05 December, 2019