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  • EU nationals in the UK – what does Brexit mean?

    There will be no immediate change for EU migrants who are living and working in the United Kingdom or UK citizens who are living and working in other EU member states whilst the UK has not completed the formal process of leaving the EU.

    For EU citizens currently living and working in the United Kingdom, a potential safeguard against any changes to arrangements would be for them to apply for confirmation of their status under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (eg, a residence card or family permit). It remains to be seen where the line will be drawn for EU migrants currently living in the United Kingdom, so the benefit of having a residence card would be that migrants could prove that they held rights of residence before free movement rights ceased.

    Further, if an EU national has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of five years, they should consider applying for permanent residency. All EU nationals are required to hold permanent residency before naturalising as British citizens.

    Call us to speak to an immigration lawyer if you are in need of further advice on 01483 455 771

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