What Effect Will Brexit Have On Immigration?

In the year ending March 2017, there were 2,978 visa applications with 2,546 of those being granted. Of this number there were a whole range of different nationalities including Chinese, Indian, Russian and Turkish. That same year it was recorded that there were 129.9million passenger arrivals into the UK which was an increase of 6.5 million from the previous year.

Even as such a small island, the UK prides itself on being overly diverse, welcoming to foreign immigrants and inclusive as a society. However, with the uncertainty of Brexit and on going negotiations, many people are questioning how exactly Brexit will impact upon immigration.

Here immigration solicitors and law specialists, Clifford Johnston & Co. take a look at the impact of Brexit on immigration within the UK:

Personal Immigration

The government have said that the UK will remain in the EU until March 2019 and after this date there will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU during this time.

However, after the date has passed 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 of their arrival. This will become a legal requirement with a grace period of two years to allow EU citizens and their families enough time to make their application.

To make sure, if you are applying to emigrate to the UK, become a UK citizen and permanently live in the UK, that your application is successful, it is important to seek legal advice and assistance. Solicitors can help to work on cases that have been declined, have complicated family situations or are needing legal advice.

Support For Business Immigration

Post-Brexit, employers and their employees will want to know that their businesses and jobs are safe. Within the UK, there are students that have come to study abroad, sponsored workers that are highly skilled and need across a range of industries, and also immigrants that have made a home here, secured a job and have applied to become a British citizen. The government are determined to ‘shape the wider future immigration system’ and ensure that businesses and communities are offered the best opportunity to contribute their views to the matter.

It is promised that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK, or UK nationals living in the EU before the exit. The Equality Act 2010 will also continue to apply meaning that employees and employers are safe to continue to work and thrive in their roles no matter where that might be. Theresa May has been clear in securing the future of EU nationals in the UK as well as UK nationals in the EU but the future is still uncertain for businesses post-Brexit. As an employer or a potential employee you must make sure that you have applied for the correct visa, your paperwork is up to date and your position at the business still applies. It is also key as the negotiations continue that you keep up to date with immigration law in case the government makes any changes to the legislation.

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