Brexit Update – Free Movement for Europe’s Brightest Talents & Settled Status Right

During recent Brexit negotiations Prime Minister, Theresa May has suggested that the UK will continue to open its borders for the brightest and best talents from European Union countries. Presently, EU nationals are free of immigration restrictions and workers of all levels can come to the UK to work under European Union Law. In addition to this, Theresa May has also proposed a Settled Status Privilege for European Nationals exercising their Treaty Rights in the UK. However, business leaders and EU ministers have been critical, raising concerns about the potential gap in the UK force and the rights of EU nationals who may not be eligible to apply for the suggested Settled Status Privilege Right.

Brexit Negotiations- Free Movement for Europe’s Brightest and Best talents post-Brexit

Leading business experts have openly been critical of Theresa May’s Brexit proposals and have raised fears for the future of public and private sector jobs in the UK. We have already seen an alarming drop in EU nurses applying for NHS jobs. The Brexit effect is likely to have a similar impact on other industries such as the teaching, hospitality and retail sector jobs. Whilst Theresa May has reiterated the UK’s position in opening its borders for brightest and best talents from EU countries. She has failed to provide reassurance to millions of EU nationals working in public and private sector jobs, who may not be considered as the brightest and best talents from Europe. It is unclear what is required to be considered as the brightest and best talent. Recent statistics show that 7 in 10 London firms are hopeful and reliant on the government to get a Brexit deal that favours all workers and not just the brightest and best talents in Europe.

Brexit Negotiations- Settled Status Privilege for EU Nationals post-Brexit

Theresa May has proposed a Settled Status privilege for European Nationals exercising Treaty Rights in the UK. European migrants exercising Treaty Rights for a period of up to 5 years would be granted Settled Status and would result in access to health, education and other social benefits. However, this would depend on British Citizens in European countries being offered similar rights.

Critics have expressed their concerns as the proposed Settled Status privilege could take away rights of EU Citizens who may not have been exercising Treaty Rights in the UK for a period of 5 years and has created a new web of uncertainty for millions of EU nationals. Cabinet Office minister Damian Green has said “basic rights” of European Citizens would be preserved and the UK’s proposal would allow up to three million European Citizens to continue to reside in the UK but failed to comment on the future of EU nationals who have not been exercising Treaty Rights for a period of 5 years.

3 Promises to EU Nationals post-Brexit:

  1. European Nationals lawfully exercising Treaty Rights for a period of 5 years will be eligible to apply for “Settled Status”;
  2. European Nationals who acquire Settled Status may be eligible to apply for their family members to join them in the UK; and
  3. European Nationals granted “Settled Status” will be able to work, study or and claim social benefits.

It is essential for Europeans nationals currently in the UK to seek urgent Legal advice so that they can regularise their status in the UK. It is advised that EU citizens should apply for Permanent Residence using our Solicitors and Barristers who prepare applications as strongly as possible to ensure your application has the best chance of success.

Using Legal Representation to Apply for UK Permanent Residence

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 submit a UK permanent residence application.

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 Permanent Residence 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.

Our offices 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 your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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