Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
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Immigration Law

The EU Settlement Scheme has now been fully open since 30 March 2019. The scheme allows EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK to secure their status in the UK, in the event of UK’s Exit from the EU.

The scheme, which is free, requires the applicants to prove their identity and residence in the UK. In addition, the applicants would also have to declare any criminality. The applications are made online, with provision for vulnerable applicants to seek assistance.

Read more: EU Settlement Scheme Update – June 2019

The below is a summary of the most important requirements for naturalisation. Remember the key is preparation!

1. Life in the UK test

If you are between 18 and 65 then you will be required to sit the Life in the UK test unless you are exempt due to a physical or mental condition. If this is the case then your doctor will be required to provide details of this by completing an exemption form. If you have already taken a Life in the UK test when you applied for indefinite leave to remain, you do not need to sit another test.

Read more: Top 4 Points to Remember When Applying for British Citizenship

The UK government is to expect its third Prime Minister in July in the 3 years since the EU Exit Referendum took place. The new leader is likely to define the course of Brexit negotiations, and its outcome. As thing stand, the UK is set to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

The success of the Brexit Party in the recent EU Parliamentary elections has undoubtedly increased the chances of a no-deal Brexit. The front-runner for the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, supports a no-deal Brexit if a better deal than Theresa’s May’s cannot be reached. However, the EU has made it clear that they are unwilling to reopen negotiations.

This means if a deal cannot be reached by 31 October 2019, the UK will the EU without a deal.

Read more: Immigration Update on Brexit

The UK’s economy is extremely resilient and continues to provide foreign investors with a stable base to access European markets and beyond. Following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become the primary choice for a significant number of investors to come to the UK.

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa has, in recent months, been subject to changes in immigration rules requiring further scrutiny and, in some cases, more paperwork. However, this should not deter genuine applicants as they should still be able to obtain a visa by providing the necessary documents.

Read more: Investing in the UK: The Tier 1 Investor Visa

The days of US nationals and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea waiting in long queues for UK border control are numbered. From June 2019, nationals of these countries will be granted automatic entry to visit using the Electronic gates.

The government announced the widening of e-gate use, currently limited to UK and EU nationals in October last year. These automated e-gates use facial recognition technology to allow faster and efficient border control processing.

Read more: UK E-gates open to US nationals and six other countries from June 2019