A Home Office document named ‘Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union’ has been leaked which reveals the Government’s Brexit Proposals. The document is 82 pages and covers many changes the government intends to carry out when Britain leaves the European Union. It plans to lower the number of low paid EU migrants and toughen the rules that enable EU citizen’s family members to reside in the UK.
Impact of the Brexit Proposals on EU Citizens
The leaked document contains many changes the UK Government wishes to achieve after Britain leaves the European Union.
The Brexit Proposals plan is the following:
- Preference will be given to workers who are British nationals, rather than EU workers in the job market;
- High-skilled workers will be able to stay for more than 3 years but low skilled workers will be permitted to stay for up to two years in the UK;
- Harsher restrictions on EU citizens bringing their families to the UK. EU citizens will need a minimum income of £18,600;
- Definition of family member will also be stricter therefore EU citizens may not be able to bring relatives to the UK;
- No change to border checks, EU nationals who wish to come to the UK will be required to travel on a passport rather than a national identity card; and
- Biometric residence permit which may include fingerprints may also be required for EU citizens wanting to stay for longer periods in the UK.
Impact of Brexit Proposals on UK Nationals
Unfortunately, it works both ways. If the UK’s Brexit Proposals are implemented it will also be very likely for the European Union to enact similar rules making it difficult for UK nationals to travel, work or reside in EU states.
When Will the Brexit Proposals be Enforced?
The document indicates that the Brexit Proposals will only be enforced at the end of a transition period, which could take up to three years. However, the document is only a proposal and will need to be approved by minister’s first. The Brexit Proposal is also subject to negotiations with the European Union which will mean that these Brexit Proposals can also change. Nevertheless, what these Brexit Proposals show is the Home Office’s direction of thinking for post-Brexit.
It is important for EU nationals to regularise their status in the UK before the UK leaves the EU. Our team of immigration specialists can assist in making an EEA application.
Using Legal Representation to prepare a UK Visa Application Following Brexit Proposals
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to help you with any changes made following the Brexit Proposals.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful UK Visa Applications Following the Brexit Proposals
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
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Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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