Brexit and Immigration – What are the Implications?

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An immigrantThese are changing times and, with Brexit, it can be difficult to predict what will happen next with regards to immigration from EU countries into the UK.

At least one thing is certain – it is better to act sooner rather than later when it comes to visa applications. An immigration solicitor in London, like Saracens Solicitors, is in the best position to advise clients on where they stand in the current climate. They can also let someone know about the guidelines regarding leaving and entering the country, periods of residency and status on the basis of various familial relationships so that they do not affect their chances of a successful visa application unwittingly by changing their circumstances.

Uncertainty

Many people will find the uncertainty surrounding Brexit difficult. It is likely to be a drawn-out process while politicians debate and decide what the eventual terms will be. While this may seem unfair, it could actually be advantageous to some citizens, in the right circumstances. If the process takes five years or more, which many believe is likely, lots of EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for that time period may be able to gain indefinite leave to remain. This has led some people to claim that five out of six European citizens who are currently resident in the UK, are likely to be able to stay.

For many economic, social and legal reasons, it is unlikely that large numbers of EU citizens will be deported but legal advice from an immigration solicitor in London is a sensible step for anyone who is concerned or wants to establish the facts of their status.

Data problems

Immigration issues do not exist in a vacuum and often get tied in with policies surrounding national security. Recent legislation means that immigration candidates, and other EU countries, may not be able to access data held about individuals by the home office. This could have the knock-on effect of slowing or halting the UK’s access to data from EU countries. All of this can potentially stall the visa application process for thousands of European citizens. An immigration solicitor in London will take this into account when considering visa applications of this type.