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EU citizens and their family members in the UK

UK immigration law is constantly changing and, therefore, specialist advice is essential.

EU immigration after Brexit

With the Brexit process becoming ever more confusing, it is important to recognise that rights and options that exist at present may not exist in the future. As things stand, European citizens who can show that they have been living in the UK for whatever reason may have different avenues open to them if they wish to remain here permanently. You do not need to wait until the UK has left Europe to secure your status in the UK.

If you are an EEA citizen, it is worth finding out what you options are. We can also advise what the different statuses under UK and EU law could mean for you and your family. This is the case whether or not you have been exercising Treaty rights while you have been in the UK, and whether or not you have acquired Permanent Residence.

The Home Office provides Guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme and applying for permanent residence. However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.

Expert immigration advice

Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional), not only that your application may be refused but you may also be banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.

Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice about your rights pre- or post-Brexit, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.

Immigration Team

Vladimir Mikeljevic


0113 297 3177

Vladimir is a Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) Law Society accredited immigration solicitor. Read More.

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