March 4, 2020 285
Brexit finally happened on 31 January 2020 and now we know where we stand with European immigration free movement. The situation was previously confusing because of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, but this seems less likely now than it was before.
EEA nationals and their family members (of whatever nationality) who are already in the UK can apply for “Pre-Settled” status (if they have been here for less than five years) or “Settled” status (if they have been here for at least five years). If they acquire Pre-Settled status they can subsequently apply for Settled status when the time comes.
Once you hold Settled status you are entitled to stay in the UK without time limit.
Your application, either for Pre-Settled or Settled status, can be made any time up until 30 June 2021 but we would advise that you make it sooner rather than later.
If you are and any family members are intending to come to the UK and make your future here you must get here by 30 December 2020, otherwise it will be too late.
Non-EEA family members will be able to apply for an EEA Family Permit so that they can accompany their EEA family members to the UK.
Once you are here the same deadline applies: you must make your application (which will be a Pre-Settled status application) by 30 June 2021.
If an EEA national comes to the UK after 31 December 2020 they will not be able to acquire Pre-Settled status; they can only come as a visitor or apply for some other kind of visa.
Mar 30, 2020
In common with many other firms and businesses we have had to limit our activities because of the current coronavirus situation. We have had to close our office and stop seeing clients face-to-face. And the Home Office has temporarily closed its offices in the UK, and many UK visa centres outside the UK have also […]
Mar 09, 2020
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Feb 21, 2020
Now that Brexit has been done European free movement will eventually go. From 1 January 2021 EEA nationals and their family members will no longer be able to come to the UK to work, study or retire as they can at the moment. They will encounter the same immigration restrictions as do non-EEA nationals. The […]
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