Deal or no deal
Rights of EU citizens in the UK to be protected in the event of no deal
Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK – even in the event of a no deal in the Brexit negotiations.
Speaking in a strongly worded press conference at Downing Street, she said that the UK and EU had reached an “impasse”, adding that Britain deserved to be “treated with respect” by the European Union.
“There are over three million EU citizens living in the UK who will be understandably worried about what the outcome of yesterday’s summit means for their future,” she said.
“I want to be clear with you, that even in the event of a no deal, your rights will be protected. You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.”
Assessing the impact of immigration and future immigration policy
Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report: EEA migration
The government published its report on the impact of migration through freedom of movement from the European Economic Area (EEA). This report will be used to draft the UK’s future immigration policy. It should be noted that any changes to immigration policy will only affect those individuals not covered by the Settlement Scheme, i.e. those not living here before the end of 2020 who are not family members of people living here or moving here before that date. None of the proposed changes would affect anyone already living here, nor their family members.
The reports can be found here: MAC report EEA Migration.
Note from Cosmopolis regarding the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report
The Migration Advisory Committee Report, published on 18th September 2018, contains the Migration Advisory Committee’s (‘MAC’) report on current and future patterns of European Economic Area (‘EEA’) migration and the impact of that migration upon the UK. The MAC has sought to provide an evidence base for the design of a new migration system after the end of the implementation or transition period that begins when the UK leaves the EU. Such a system will come into force on 1st January 2021 as things currently stand.
Dual nationals will keep their family reunion rights after Brexit
Dual nationals, i.e. those EU nationals who have become British citizens, will not be able to register for Settled Status, however, the Lounes judgment will be respected. That means people who have naturalised as British through getting PR under the EEA Regulations will still be able to sponsor family members where the relationship existed before midnight on December 31st 2020 and continues to exist.
New citizenship application (AN) form published
The Home Office published a new naturalisation (AN) form on the 20th of September. The old form can be used for 21 days after this date, taking us to 11th of October. That means you need to make sure you have your NDRS or NCS appointment before that date or, if sending it by post, sending it at least a couple of days earlier to ensure is is received by the Home Office. Otherwise you will need to start again with the new form, including the referees’ signatures.
This update only affects the paper form. The new form is here: AN form.
Update to the online citizenship application (AN) form
The online AN form has been updated. You no longer need to list any trips of two days or less. Although the day you leave, and the day you return to, the UK, have never been counted as a day’s absence, there was previously a requirement to list such absences, even when they did not affect the overall total.