Breaking News - August 2016 - Oxford University's Migration Observatory releases report confirming 34% of all EEA Permanent Residence applications refused in 2015 due to mistakes made by applicants

The report confirms that applicants applying without the assistance of a UK visa expert with practical experience have a one in three chance of being refused. Should this happen, you will have wasted between 6 - 12 months and will have to apply again on receiving the Home Office's refusal. You should also bear in mind that you would have to apply under the rules in place at the time and there is every chance the rules may be changed in a negative way in the next 12 months. To read the report for yourself, please click here.

Should you want us to guarantee your EEA Permanent Residence and gain access to our 10 years worth of practical experience in securing nothing but EEA PR approvals, please call us on 0203 178 2048 or request a callback at the top of the page.

11th July 2016 – Statement of Intent released by the UK Home Office clarifying the position of EEA Nationals post-Brexit

A Statement of Intent was published by the UK Home Office on 11th July 2016 explaining the position of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals living in the UK before we invoke Article 50 (i.e. the process of leaving the European Union). The policy document states that if you are an EEA national that has been residing in the UK and exercising your treaty rights for at least 5 continuous years, you automatically have EEA Permanent Residence in the UK. This technically means that for the time being, you do not need to apply for EEA Permanent Residence visa documentation UNLESS you wish to apply for British Citizenship. Effective from November 2015, should you want to apply for British Citizenship at any time in the future, you MUST apply for documentation from the Home Office confirming you have acquired EEA Permanent Residence before you are entitled to apply for citizenship (aka naturalisation).

For your information, the current British Citizenship rules require you as an EEA (i.e. an EU) national to be able to prove, with documentary evidence, that you have acquired EEA Permanent Residence. Unfortunately, you can only do this by submitting an EEA Permanent Residence application to the UK Home Office in order to receive an EEA Permanent Residence Documentation (blue) Card with a paper vignette attached. Only with this form of Permanent Residence documentation are you permitted as an EEA national to apply for British Citizenship.

OUR ADVICE

While we appreciate the clarification from the Home Office, it does nothing to address what the rules will be in the future to allow EEA nationals to continue living in the UK once the UK finally leaves the EU post-negotiation.  Over the past ten years, we have worked with thousands of non-EEA clients during their 6 years (minimum) UK visa journey to secure British Citizenship. One of the most important lessons we have learnt from dealing with the Home Office during this time is always to plan for the worst-case scenario! We have lost count of the number of occasions the UK immigration rules have been changed at a moments notice, seriously endangering our client’s futures in the UK. Whenever this happens, we have had to contact all previous clients urgently to make them aware of the fact they may not be able to secure Permanent Residence or British Citizenship due to the goal posts being unexpectedly moved by the Home  Office. This always leads to us working with our clients to overcome the Home Office’s latest attempt to engineer reasons for them to have to leave the UK.

It is for this reason (among many) that we still, even in light of the Statement of Intent, sincerely recommend that all EEA nationals in the UK do everything possible to protect themselves from any future changes that may come at a later date due to the Brexit negotiation process. This involves EEA nationals that have been in the UK for less than 5 years applying for a Registration Certificate. If you have been in the UK exercising your treaty rights for at least 5 continuous years, consider applying for an EEA Permanent Residence visa document to protect yourself from further changes. Once you have secured your EEA Permanent Residence paper vignette from the Home Office, you should consider applying for British Citizenship immediately. You should note that the only real way of securing your future in the UK, without any doubt about future law changes, would be to obtain British Citizenship!  We would hate to see all the EEA nationals in the UK impacted in the coming years by rule changes that no-one could see coming in exactly the same way our non-EU nationals have been affected over the past decade.

OUR ADVICE

While we appreciate the clarification from the Home Office, it does nothing to address what the rules will be in the future to allow EEA nationals to continue living in the UK once the UK finally leaves the EU post-negotiation.  Over the past ten years, we have worked with thousands of non-EEA clients during their 6 years (minimum) UK visa journey to secure British Citizenship. One of the most important lessons we have learnt from dealing with the Home Office during this time is always to plan for the worst-case scenario! We have lost count of the number of occasions the UK immigration rules have been changed at a moments notice, seriously endangering our client’s futures in the UK. Whenever this happens, we have had to contact all previous clients urgently to make them aware of the fact they may not be able to secure Permanent Residence or British Citizenship due to the goal posts being unexpectedly moved by the Home  Office. This always leads to us working with our clients to overcome the Home Office’s latest attempt to engineer reasons for them to have to leave the UK.

It is for this reason (among many) that we still, even in light of the Statement of Intent, sincerely recommend that all EEA nationals in the UK do everything possible to protect themselves from any future changes that may come at a later date due to the Brexit negotiation process. This involves EEA nationals that have been in the UK for less than 5 years applying for a Registration Certificate. If you have been in the UK exercising your treaty rights for at least 5 continuous years, consider applying for an EEA Permanent Residence visa document to protect yourself from further changes. Once you have secured your EEA Permanent Residence paper vignette from the Home Office, you should consider applying for British Citizenship immediately. You should note that the only real way of securing your future in the UK, without any doubt about future law changes, would be to obtain British Citizenship!  We would hate to see all the EEA nationals in the UK impacted in the coming years by rule changes that no-one could see coming in exactly the same way our non-EU nationals have been affected over the past decade.

Warning – make sure you take advantage of our FREE ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT over the phone to ensure you have properly been exercising your treaty rights, and you can satisfy the Home Office requirements for EEA Permanent Residence!

Since the Brexit vote, we have had many, many EU nationals call us assuming that they have been CORRECTLY exercising their treaty rights in the UK for the last 5 years (or more) only to be told by us that they have not! One of the main issues faced relates to EEA nationals not being aware that if they are exercising their treaty rights as a student or as a self-sufficient person, they needed to have held Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (i.e. private health insurance) during these periods. Issues of this nature mean that an EEA national has NOT been exercising their treaty rights properly and would not be automatically granted EEA Permanent Residence. This, in turn, would mean that they are mistaken in their belief they are secure in the UK and automatically have obtained EEA Permanent Residence! Luckily, these clients decided to take a few minutes of their time to contact us allowing First Migration to identify the issues and advise them how best to resolve the problems they face as quickly as possible.  In light of us identifying this pattern with our EEA clients, we sincerely recommend that all EEA nationals call us for a free eligibility assessment to avoid issues of this nature!  What have you got lose by taking 5 minutes out of your day to double check for free that you are not facing any unknown issues? Call us now on 0203 178 2048 to protect yourself and ensure that your future in the UK is not at risk.

How does Brexit affect the right for European nationals to live and work in the UK? Should you secure EEA Permanent Residence or an EEA Registration Certificate to protect your future in the UK in light of the Brexit decision?

It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that the outcome of the EU Referendum now means that the UK plans to leave the European Union. Like everyone in the UK and across Europe, we are shocked by the outcome of the EU referendum result. Since 24th June 2016, our phones have been ringing off the hook as European nationals call us with understandable concern following the Brexit decision. While we have been offering our expert advice to our clients over the phone, their concerns made it clear to us that there are a lot of rumours, and a tonne of misinformation flying around that are not based on the facts. In light of this, we have taken the decision to provide all European nationals living in the UK with our expert advice via this page to ensure they have access to the facts as they currently stand.

The current situation just after Brexit:

Due to the UK government’s decision to not immediately invoke Article 50 and advise the European Union that we intend to leave, nothing has changed regarding your rights to live and work in the UK for now in light of the Brexit vote. However, it is clear for everyone to see that this WILL change at some point in the near future once the process for leaving the EU begins which will have a massive impact on the European community living in the UK.  This process will not be quick, and there is bound to be a long period of uncertainty as the UK, and the EU negotiate the UK’s exit. You can also expect both sides to use any leverage possible to get the best deal from their respective points of view.  Bear in mind that the outcome will also be delayed as EU law and UK law are now so intertwined following years of political integration. This will not be a simple divorce, to say the least.

Our expert advice to you

The outcome of the referendum in favour of Brexit is a timely reminder for us all that we have no way of knowing what will happen in the future? This is why we are advising all of our clients to expect and plan for the worst case scenario and to cover themselves the only way they can right now. The worst case scenario would be an immigration rule change that makes it difficult for EU nationals living in the UK to obtain Permanent Residence, British Citizenship or have to leave the UK at some future point. Put simply; we would recommend you cover yourself by making any EEA application possible to the UK Home Office to give yourself the best chance of staying in the UK.

The current situation just after Brexit:

Due to the UK government’s decision to not immediately invoke Article 50 and advise the European Union that we intend to leave, nothing has changed regarding your rights to live and work in the UK for now in light of the Brexit vote. However, it is clear for everyone to see that this WILL change at some point in the near future once the process for leaving the EU begins which will have a massive impact on the European community living in the UK.  This process will not be quick, and there is bound to be a long period of uncertainty as the UK, and the EU negotiate the UK’s exit. You can also expect both sides to use any leverage possible to get the best deal from their respective points of view.  Bear in mind that the outcome will also be delayed as EU law and UK law are now so intertwined following years of political integration. This will not be a simple divorce, to say the least.

Our expert advice to you

The outcome of the referendum in favour of Brexit is a timely reminder for us all that we have no way of knowing what will happen in the future? This is why we are advising all of our clients to expect and plan for the worst case scenario and to cover themselves the only way they can right now. The worst case scenario would be an immigration rule change that makes it difficult for EU nationals living in the UK to obtain Permanent Residence, British Citizenship or have to leave the UK at some future point. Put simply; we would recommend you cover yourself by making any EEA application possible to the UK Home Office to give yourself the best chance of staying in the UK.

So what type of application can you make to try and secure your future in the UK as an EU national?

If you have been in the UK for LESS than five years – EEA Registration Certificate:

You should make an application for a Registration Certificate in the UK to prove your right to live in the UK as an EU citizen. We recommend that this course of action if you do not qualify for Permanent Residency in the UK as this is the only option available to you right now.

Our professional fee for applying for a Registration Certificate is only £500 inc. VAT and the fee payable to the UK Home Office is £65. We can submit your application to the Home Office within 3-4 working days of receiving all the documents required. Rest assured that all you have to do is provide us with the documents we request from you on our detailed document list, and we do the rest. We thoroughly prepare the application form, represent your case via our legal cover letter, submit the application for you and manage the entire process for as long as it takes.

If you have been in the UK for MORE than five years – EEA Permanent Residence

This is, without a doubt, the best option to secure your future in the UK if you are eligible! Once you have applied for and obtained an EEA Permanent Residence card, you will be permitted to live in the UK indefinitely regardless of the impact of the Brexit decision. Should you also wish to become a British Citizen as soon as possible in light of the Brexit decision; you will need to secure EEA Permanent Residence from the UK Home Office before you can submit a Naturalisation application.  To be eligible to apply for EEA Permanent Residence, you must have been living in the UK for at least five continuous years exercising your Treat Rights. You will need to demonstrate that during the five year qualifying period you have been exercising your treaty rights in the UK as an EEA national.  Depending on your specific situation during the qualifying five year period, you will be required to submit a particular set of documents to prove you have been exercising your treaty rights. For further information, please read through our EEA Permanent Residence visa page.

The process of applying can be very complicated and confusing, but rest assured that we can properly advise you on exactly what documents you need to submit with your application based on our years of experience to ensure your application is approved first time.

Our discounted fee for an EEA Permanent Residence application is £500 inc. VAT (reduced from £700 inc. VAT for a limited time) due to the current volume of applications we are submitting. We can also confirm that we are offering to work with couples that will be applying for only £800 inc. VAT in total as a gesture of goodwill. Any children under the age of 18 will also be included in the application free of charge (but you will still need to pay their Home Office fee of £65 per child).  The Home Office fee is £65 and this a separate fee that you will be paying directly to the Home Office.  We can submit your application to the Home Office within 3-4 working days of receiving all the documents we require to ensure success.

British Citizenship

If you have previously obtained documents confirming Permanent Residence in the UK and have not left the UK for more than two years; you should be able to apply for British Citizenship. If you have never applied for Permanent Residence before, you are now required to apply and obtain a Permanent Residence card from the UK Home Office before being allowed to apply for British Citizenship. For more information about applying for British Citizenship, please read our British Citizenship page.

Should you wish for us to ensure you secure both your EEA Permanent Residence approval and British Citizenship, we can offer to secure both applications for a further discounted rate.

If you have been in the UK for LESS than five years – EEA Registration Certificate:

You should make an application for a Registration Certificate in the UK to prove your right to live in the UK as an EU citizen. We recommend that this course of action if you do not qualify for Permanent Residency in the UK as this is the only option available to you right now.

Our professional fee for applying for a Registration Certificate is only £500 inc. VAT and the fee payable to the UK Home Office is £65. We can submit your application to the Home Office within 3-4 working days of receiving all the documents required. Rest assured that all you have to do is provide us with the documents we request from you on our detailed document list, and we do the rest. We thoroughly prepare the application form, represent your case via our legal cover letter, submit the application for you and manage the entire process for as long as it takes.

If you have been in the UK for MORE than five years – EEA Permanent Residence

This is, without a doubt, the best option to secure your future in the UK if you are eligible! Once you have applied for and obtained an EEA Permanent Residence card, you will be permitted to live in the UK indefinitely regardless of the impact of the Brexit decision. Should you also wish to become a British Citizen as soon as possible in light of the Brexit decision; you will need to secure EEA Permanent Residence from the UK Home Office before you can submit a Naturalisation application.  To be eligible to apply for EEA Permanent Residence, you must have been living in the UK for at least five continuous years exercising your Treat Rights. You will need to demonstrate that during the five year qualifying period you have been exercising your treaty rights in the UK as an EEA national.  Depending on your specific situation during the qualifying five year period, you will be required to submit a particular set of documents to prove you have been exercising your treaty rights. For further information, please read through our EEA Permanent Residence visa page.

The process of applying can be very complicated and confusing, but rest assured that we can properly advise you on exactly what documents you need to submit with your application based on our years of experience to ensure your application is approved first time.

Our discounted fee for an EEA Permanent Residence application is £500 inc. VAT (reduced from £700 inc. VAT for a limited time) due to the current volume of applications we are submitting. We can also confirm that we are offering to work with couples that will be applying for only £800 inc. VAT in total as a gesture of goodwill. Any children under the age of 18 will also be included in the application free of charge (but you will still need to pay their Home Office fee of £65 per child).  The Home Office fee is £65 and this a separate fee that you will be paying directly to the Home Office.  We can submit your application to the Home Office within 3-4 working days of receiving all the documents we require to ensure success.

British Citizenship

If you have previously obtained documents confirming Permanent Residence in the UK and have not left the UK for more than two years; you should be able to apply for British Citizenship. If you have never applied for Permanent Residence before, you are now required to apply and obtain a Permanent Residence card from the UK Home Office before being allowed to apply for British Citizenship. For more information about applying for British Citizenship, please read our British Citizenship page.

Should you wish for us to ensure you secure both your EEA Permanent Residence approval and British Citizenship, we can offer to secure both applications for a further discounted rate.

Call us now on 0203 178 2048 to speak with one of our EEA Visa specialists so we can check to ensure you qualify for one of the EEA applications listed above? Our expert EEA Visa team have over ten years of experience in securing thousands of EEA Visa approvals to date. Should you qualify and be able to provide all the required documents, we will also show you how confident we are in securing EEA Visa approvals by covering our professional fee under our renowned No-Win, No-Fee Guarantee.