UNITED KINGDOM – Citizens’ Rights Under the Withdrawal Agreement Versus a No-Deal Scenario

On 14 November 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both the UK and European parliaments, includes arrangements about the legal status of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit.

On 6 December 2018 the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) published a policy paper outlining the UK government’s proposals for protecting citizens’ rights in case the UK leaves the EU without an agreed and ratified withdrawal deal.

Here we examine how the UK government’s proposed no deal arrangements for EU citizens in the UK differ from those in the withdrawal agreement.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are likely to be subject to stricter scrutiny.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect 1 November 2018.

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BREXIT – The State of Play for Citizens’ Rights [UPDATED]

[This post has been updated to reflect the release of the UK government’s Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme on 21 June 2018.]

When it comes to Brexit, one of the EU27’s core negotiating principles, as set out in the European Council’s April 2017 negotiating guidelines, is that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”. As of now, there is no legally binding withdrawal agreement between the UK government and the EU27, and so any statements from either side are positions or proposals, subject to further negotiation.

Here we look at the UK government’s and the EU27’s policy positions on citizens’ rights today, and how they got to this point. We then suggest some actions that those affected should consider taking in light of these negotiating positions.

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BREXIT – The State of Play for Citizens’ Rights [UPDATED]

The information in this alert was provided by Newland Chase.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Turkish business persons again allowed to obtain indefinite leave to remain

In the latest statement of changes to the immigration rules, the UK Home Office has introduced a new indefinite leave to remain (ILR) route for Turkish business people under the European Communities Accession Agreement (ECAA or the Ankara Agreement) and their families. This will come into force on 6 July 2018.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Turkish business persons again allowed to obtain indefinite leave to remain

This alert was prepared with information provided by the UK Home Office.

UNITED KINGDOM – Non-EU doctors and nurses to be excluded from Tier 2 cap

On 15 June 2018, the Home Office announced that it will exclude doctors and nurses from the annual cap on non-EU skilled workers, in response to the particular shortages and pressures currently facing the NHS. This could make available thousands of extra visas for IT specialists, engineers and other professionals.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Non-EU doctors and nurses to be excluded from Tier 2 cap

This alert was prepared with information provided by the UK Home Office.