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Which visas can EEA nationals apply for now

March 10, 2021 333

Now that Brexit has been done, free movement is grinding to a halt. EEA nationals who have no previous history in the UK are no longer able to apply for Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status and, if they want to apply to come to the UK, they face the same range of visa options as does somebody from outside the EEA.

To apply for a family visa (for example spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner), applicants now will have to apply under the standard UK immigration rules, which have various requirements, including financial, accommodation and English language.

In the employment field, the Skilled Worker visa is now open and it is rather less onerous and complicated than its predecessor, the Tier 2 visa. However, in all cases the migrant must be “sponsored” by the prospective employer in the UK, ie they must be offered a skilled job and they must be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship on the employer’s online sponsorship management system. To be able to do this the employer must hold a Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence, which is granted by the Home Office.

There are other working/investment visa possibilities, for example the T5 Temporary Worker visa, which enables migrants to come to the UK and work here for temporary periods, and the Representative of Overseas Business visa, which enables an overseas company to send a senior representative to the UK to set up a UK branch of the company and run it.

There are also the Start-Up and Innovator visas, which enable an entrepreneur to set up their own business in the UK and run it.

And, for the very wealthy, there is the Tier 1 Investor visa, for those who fancy investing at least £2 million into British companies.

And not to forget, for the more studiously minded, the Student visa, which enables migrants to study below-degree courses, undergraduate and post-graduate courses. And in summer 2021 we expect to see the new “Graduate” visa, which will enable graduate students to extend their stay in the UK. This visa will make things a lot easier for students who want to pursue a career in the UK.

Looking further on the bright side, EEA nationals are now “non-visa nationals” which means that they will be able to come to the UK for visits without a visa, as long as they do not work or make the UK their main home.

If you would like more detailed advice about how can acquire a visa to come to the UK we will be able to advise you.

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