During the month’s post-Brexit vote, LUPINS has been contacted by numerous EEA nationals and family members of EEA nationals with all sorts of questions about their visas and ability to remain in the UK temporarily or permanently post-Brexit.
Here is a list of some of the questions that we have received as queries which we thought may be helpful to those seeking answers:
Q. My husband and I are from France. We have lived in the UK for 8 years. Do we have to apply for visas now to make sure that we can stay here after the UK leaves the EU? A. It will take some time before laws are in place for when the UK leaves the EU. However, we would advise if your documents are not in order, it would be advisable to see one of our Immigration Specialists to make an application now. At present, the Home Office is experiencing an unprecedented number of applications from EEA nationals for residency documents. Therefore, the waiting times are increasing and many more people will have to think of submitting applications as soon as it is possible to ensure that they are best protected once Article 50 is triggered.
Q. I am a Swiss national and I have been living in the UK for ten years. I want to apply for naturalisation. Do I have to have permanent residence before I can apply? A. Yes. Since November 2015 the Home Office requires all EEA applicants for British nationality to have first been granted permanent residence. However, if you have lived in the UK for 6 years or more, you may be able to apply to be naturalised as soon as you have permanent residence rather than having to wait a further year.
Q. Do I have to pass a Life in the UK Test in order to apply for Permanent Residence? A. No, there is no requirement to pass a Life in the UK Test or any other test when applying for permanent residence. You will usually need to take and pass the Life in the UK Test if you subsequently apply for naturalisation as a British citizen