In February, the UK government published a number of proposals for the implementation period following the official departure of the country from the EU. If you are an EU or EEA national and you are worried about your immigration rights, then you should seek the legal advice of an immigration solicitor in London.
The implementation period refers to the period of time (two years or less) that it will take for the UK to withdraw from Europe, and will officially begin on March 29, 2019. During this period, EU nationals who wish to come to the UK for settlement will enjoy the same right to enter and reside as they previously did. If you are uncertain about the application, Saracens Solicitors can help.
Applying for a permit
For European citizens who wish to move and live in the UK for more than three months during the implementation period, it will be mandatory to register in a new system once this has been released by the Home Office. This is different from the existing system, since EU or EEA nationals living and working in the UK for years did not need to obtain documentation (unless they chose to do so); these documents, which are easily attainable, will confirm their existing right to live and work in the UK. If you are uncertain about your status or need more specifications in regard to these papers, your immigration solicitor in London can guide you.
What happens when the implementation period is over?
At the moment, we do not have a clear picture of what will actually happen after the implementation period ends. However, what is clear is that EU citizens and their families will have the right to stay indefinitely if they have spent five continuous years in the UK, or on a temporary status until they are able to complete the five years need in order to apply for ILR (‘indefinite leave to remain’).
If you want to learn more about the implementation period and your rights as an EU citizen in post-Brexit UK, give us a call and we will arrange a meeting with an immigration solicitor in London.