On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the UK voted in the EU Referendum. This resulted in the Leave campaign winning 51.9% to 48.1% with over 30 million people turning up to vote. Since then,
Theresa May has implemented Article 50 to start the process of leaving the UK which has caused concerns for the future of trade agreements, the UK economy and immigration laws.
The Impact of Brexit On Immigration
The UK’s population is currently 65 million and expected to reach 70 million before 2027. In 2016 the ONS (Office for National Statistics) reported that there were 588,000 immigrants entering the UK with most people entering with the promise of a job in the UK as well as to study at university. However, the ONS is assuming that there will be a fall in net migration due to the uncertainty of jobs, homes and healthcare post-Brexit.
Your Options Post-Brexit
If you already live and work in the UK, or are here to study, or if you are applying for your visa in the future then Clifford Johnston & Co. Immigration Solicitors can give you an insight into the possible barriers you may face post-Brexit.
It must be said that the UK are determined to safeguard the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the UK.
Once the UK officially leaves the EU, all EU citizens and their families in the UK will need to apply to the Home Office for permission to stay. This is regardless of the date that you arrived. This will be enforced as a legal requirement which our immigration solicitors based in Manchester can help you with.
You must be able to demonstrate you have permission to continue to live and work legally in the UK which could mean in some cases reapplying for a visa.
Looking Toward The Future
Brexit talks started with the EU parliament on 19th June 2017 and are still ongoing.
The government have promised that those EU citizens that are legally allowed to live and work in the UK will be unaffected by new post-brexit policies. However, there will be stricter laws in place for those people applying for a visa after we officially leave the EU in March 2019.
For those that have applied for a visa and been rejected, your future may seem uncertain in regard to living in the UK, however Clifford Johnston & Co. are here to help.
Contact us today to find out more from our team of immigration solicitors with over 30 years experience in dealing with immigration cases for both personal and business-related matters.