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Legal Advice Forum: Edinburgh

June 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Are you an EU/EEA national living in the UK? Worried about your rights and options post-Brexit?

Although the legal status of EU/EEA nationals in the UK will not change until the UK concludes its exit from the European Union, the government has so far refused to guarantee our rights.

Can we take any steps now to safeguard our futures? Join us for an afternoon of advice about Permanent Residency, Settled Status, Citizenship and how they may apply to you.


18:20PM – Doors
18:30PM – Introductions by Cristina Calo’, presentation by Bilaal Shabbir, Q&A


Bilaal Shabbir

Bilaal joined MBS Solicitors in 2013. He is a Senior Paralegal with extensive experience in immigration law, family law, commercial dispute resolution and professional discipline. He regularly prepares immigration applications in terms of Appendix FM, European Law and the European Convention on Human Rights often involving complex and protracted circumstances. Bilaal has also written for the Law Society of Scotland Journal discussing the effects of the Immigration Act 2016. He sits on the Immigration and Asylum Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. He has drafted calls for written evidence on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland in relation to Destitution, Asylum and Insecure Immigration Status’ in Scotland. He recently presented a Petition in the European Parliament on how the UK government can amend the current administrative process to allow EU nationals to more easily obtain a right of residence in the interim period leading up to Brexit. He is currently instructed in an appeal to the UK Supreme Court challenging the UK Government’s approach to deciding ‘Surinder Singh’ applications. Bilaal has won the Scottish Paralegal Association 2016 Highly Commended Category in Scotland. He has been nominated for Paralegal of the Year 2017 by the Scottish Legal Awards.

What topics will be covered?

  • What is a permanent residency (PR) and a Settled Status (SS) document?
  • What paperwork will I need for a PR and a SS? What will they cost?
  • What if I was a student / unemployed / out of the country / on maternity leave during my time in the UK? Can I still apply?
  • Am I eligible for citizenship / naturalisation?

Is this a free event?

Yes this is a free event supported by INCA UK, an Italian patronage which offers free advice and information on welfare rights, with particular regard to pensions for Italians, Italian speaking people and their relatives, non-Italian people who worked in Italy.

I’m not an EU/EEA national. Can I still come?

Yes, we are happy for British nationals with good intention of supporting their EU friends to come and attend the event!

Can I bring my own questions?

Yes, there will be a Q&A session after the talk.

Can I come and complain about how terrible Brexit is?

THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE A POLITICAL FORUM. As upset as we EU/EEA nationals may be by the result of the referendum, this evening is designed to offer legal advice.


Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh, EH1 2JL United Kingdom
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