BREXIT – UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens in each others’ states under the Common Travel Area (CTA).

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BREXIT – No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 (or later, after an extension of the Article 50 period) without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

Please also see our broader examination of the possible Brexit outcomes for both UK and EU citizens.

Here we examine the latest measures established or proposed to manage UK nationals in the EU in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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BREXIT – No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase and partners.

BREXIT – Switzerland To Apply Separate Work Permit Quota for British Citizens in “No-Deal” Scenario

The Swiss Federal Council has decided that, in the event of the UK’s disorderly exit from the EU (i.e., without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement), a separate quota of work permits will be made available from 30 March 2019 to British citizens who wish to enter Switzerland to work.

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BREXIT – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and UK Agree on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit [UPDATED]

The UK has reached a separation agreement with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (‘the EEA EFTA States’), including a deal on citizens’ rights.

[UPDATE]

On 8 February 2019, the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway reached an EEA EFTA No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the EEA EFTA states and EEA EFTA nationals in the UK, in a no deal scenario.

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BREXIT – Switzerland and UK Agreement on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit

The Swiss Federal Council and the UK government have approved an agreement protecting the rights of Swiss nationals currently residing in the UK and the reciprocal rights of UK nationals currently residing in Switzerland, after the UK leaves the EU.

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BREXIT – Germany Plans Three-Month Transition Period for UK Nationals to Regularise Immigration Status After a No-Deal Brexit

The German federal government has announced its plans for UK nationals in Germany after 29 March 2019, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Major Immigo Update – Applicant Profile and Questionnaires

We are pleased to say that some major new features have just been launched in Immigo, as follows:

Immigration Docs Tab on Applicants Profiles

There’s a new tab on Applicant profiles called Immigration Docs, which means you can now store and see Issued Documents on the Applicant level (as well as Case level). This tab also has a Nationalities section for passport details (replacing the previous “Nationalities” tab on Applicants) and a new section for Immigration Statuses.

More About Issued Documents on Applicants

Issued Documents can now be stored in their own section in the new Immigration Docs tab on the Applicant profile.  Documents listed here can be linked to Cases (click the “shared box” on the right column of the Issued Document ID).  Additionally, issued documents obtained during a Case and listed on a Case can be shared to the Applicant profile.

Issued Documents can also now be versioned, so if you obtain a renewed residence permit or visa for someone, you can add that as a new version with a new expiry date (click Edit in the Version column), rather than creating a new issued document ID.

More About Immigration Statuses

  • You can list an Applicant’s immigration status in any country by clicking the “+New Status” button.  Select the person (principal applicant or dependent family member) and the country the status applies to, and choose the correct immigration status from the drop down menu.  You can tie a status to a particular Issued Document (e.g. a person may have an immigration status of “visitor” and this may be tied to an Issued Document “Visitor Visa”).
  • Use the “Max Stay Ends” field to indicate if an immigration status has an end date (i.e. maximum duration of stay including renewals – is there a date when the Applicant must either leave the country or change to a new immigration status?).
  • The Immigration Statuses also display in the Applicant library for quick reference, so you can easily see key dates.
  • Immigration Statuses feed through to the Timing tab of the Case so you can quickly see your deadlines (if processing a renewal or a change of status).

Supporting Documents on Applicants Profiles

The “Documents” tab on the Applicant profile is now called “Supporting Docs” to signpost where to keep things like CVs, degree certificates and marriage certificates (all supporting documents) and where to keep things like work permits, residence permits and visas (all immigration documents).

New Questionnaires

Immigo now enables you to send Questionnaires for gathering additional information on Cases, Applicants, and Companies, to ask clients to complete data such as travel history, resume, addresses and more directly via an online form.  You’ll notice tabs for these on the Case/Applicant/Company profiles and also in the Questionnaires section itself.

Uploading Files to a Questionnaire

Immigo now also makes it possible for you to upload files into a Questionnaire when submitting it.  Clients can upload copies of documents, previous travel visas and permits, and so on, via the online User Portal.

Have fun and as always, let us know your feedback!