If you are an EU Citizen living in the UK, now is the time to act to ensure that you have the best possible chance of staying in the UK after it has left the EU. The June 23rd Brexit referendum started the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union – a process that has been fraught with uncertainty and that has caused profound anxiety for EU Nationals and their families residing in the UK.
The UK Government has provided very few details of its Brexit strategy and no one can say exactly what form Brexit is going to take, or when Article 50, that marks the starts the of 2-year process of exit negotiations, is likely going to be triggered.
Whilst the specifics and timeframes of Brexit haven’t been made entirely public, one thing is clear: Brexit will have a profound effect on the rights of the 3 million people who live in the UK under the freedom of movement rights that the EU affords.
It is likely that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, will try to avoid an influx of people moving to Britain between now and the UK’s exit from the European Union. By setting a cut-off date, such as the date she triggers Article 50, the Prime Minister may choose to only allow those who entered the UK prior to this date to remain in the UK after Brexit.
To be eligible to remain in the UK once it leaves the European Union, EU Citizens and their families will likely have to prove the date that they first came to the UK and began exercising their treaty rights. This, of course, is difficult because EU Citizens do not receive a passport stamp when passing between European countries.
The good news is, however, that there are applications that can be made to prove the date on which you entered the UK or, if you are eligible, to guarantee that you and your family are able to remain in the UK beyond Brexit. These applications are complex and refusal rates will increase as ever greater numbers of applications are made.
For the best chance of success for you and your family, our expert team of Solicitors and Immigration Case Workers will advise you on your best course of action and ensure that you have a compelling case in support of your application including all the evidence, supporting statements and cover letters that a successful application requires.
It isn’t known when or how the immigration rules will change, but waiting to see what happens might mean that you and your family have to leave the UK. Act today and call us on 0121 777 7715 for a free assessment of your situation and to ensure that you and your family have the best possible chance of remaining in the UK after Brexit.