The UK leaving the European Union (“Brexit”) has understandably made many EEA Nationals living in the UK anxious. The rights of EEA nationals are however still guaranteed by law subject to time-limits. The most notable time limit is 30 June 2021; by that date, EEA nationals must apply to remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. The eligibility conditions for the Settlement Scheme are prescribed in Appendix EU to the Immigration Rules. Although the wording of the Rules is complex, the application process itself is relatively straightforward.
Moving forward, the Home Office will implement a new set of points-based rules for sponsored working. The focus of the new rules will be on highly skilled workers. This will inevitably lead to stricter rules of entry for EEA nationals. Furthermore, the end of the EU system of free movement is likely to lead to transitional issues for many EEA nationals and their family members, for example, concerning non-EEA national family members’ rights that began to accrue prior to the UK leaving the EU, and Deportation.
Our Immigration Barristers are experts in the rights of EEA nationals and their family members. We have many years of experience in giving immigration advice to EEA nationals. We can:
- Help with EU Settlement Scheme and permanent residence applications
- Apply for British Citizenship, which leads to the grant of a British passport
- Help with issues concerning non-EEA national family members
- Help with problems arising from criminal convictions, including deportation proceedings
- Write to the Home Office on your behalf
- Manage and appear in Immigration Tribunal and Judicial Review proceedings