Non-EU Net Migration at highest level for 15 years according to ONS

According to the recent Office of National Statistics (“ONS”) quarterly report, non-EU migration to the UK is at its highest level for 15 years, despite Theresa May’s hostile environment policy. This means that the UK is still an attractive destination for migrants, especially for study and work. Considering the impact that Brexit is having on EU workers, there is an even greater need for non-EU workers and this is reflected in these recent Net Migration figures.

What is Non-EU Net Migration and what does the ONS report say?

Non-EU net migration is the difference between the number of immigrants and the number of emigrants throughout the year, from outside the EU. The ONS considers all available data sources, including data from the Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions, in order to make the best assessment of the overall international migration trends.

The recent ONS quarterly report found that non-EU net migration:

“was the highest since 2004 which follows a gradual increase in immigration of non-EU citizens over the past 5 years for both work and study”.

The report goes on to find that an estimated 283,000 more people came to the UK with an intention to stay 12 months or more than left in the year ending September 2018 and over the year, 627,000 people arrived in the UK. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has said that the UK was continuing to attract and retain highly skilled workers, including doctors and nurses, but was “committed to controlled and sustainable migration”. However, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott argues that “once again the number of migrants coming here vastly outstrips its unworkable 100,000 net migration target […] Its policy is not really about reducing numbers but allows it to maintain a constant campaign against migration and migrants”.

Nonetheless, it appears that the hostile environment policy isn’t deterring non-EU citizens from migrating to the UK.

What does the ONS report say about EU Net Migration?

However, the ONS report has also, perhaps unsurprisingly, highlighted that the number of EU citizens coming to the UK has fallen to a level last seen in 2009 due to Brexit, despite the Home Office stating that it has “always been clear” it wanted EU citizens to stay and the EU Settlement Scheme, which allows EU nationals to apply to stay, made that simple. Yet, it appears the uncertainty which still surrounds Brexit and the rights of EU nationals after March 2019 is still too big a concern for may EU nationals who have decided it is easier to leave the UK than have to navigate the Home Office’s policies.

What do these UK Net Migration figures mean for migrants wishing to come to the UK?

The Net Migration figures highlight that the UK remains one of the most attractive destinations for migrants outside the EU, yet the UK’s Immigration Rules remain as complex as ever. In order to successfully apply for a UK visa, Applicants are advised to contact our specialist Immigration Team who has an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the UK’s Immigration Rules and EEA Regulations. As a result, we have a high success rate in preparing UK Visas and Immigration applications and would be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our solicitors today in order to assess your circumstances and find a solution to any complex immigration issues. Even EU nationals who are concerned about how the impact of Brexit will affect them; whether it be a deal or no-deal scenario, should contact us if they wish to learn of their rights and reguarlise their status in the UK post-Brexit.

Using Legal Representation to make a UK Visas and Immigration Application

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 make UK Visas and Immigration application.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject UK Visa 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 Visas and Immigration Applications

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.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

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 possible UK Visa routes and arrange your legal consultation.

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