How to Complete Form EEA QP

Form EEA QP can be completed by EEA or Swiss nationals who wish to register as a ‘qualified person’ and apply for a registration certificate confirming their right of residence in the UK. A qualified person is an individual who has exercised their Treaty rights as either a worker, self-employed, self-sufficient, student or a jobseeker. […]

Immigration Bill (How it Affects EEA Nationals)

This article was posted on 21 June 2017, before the Government announced details of settled status for EU citizens in the UK. Proposed Immigration Bill has considerable implications for EEA nationals in the UK Brexit dominated the 2017 Queen’s Speech. Among the areas cited for government focus was immigration, with new policies to be introduced […]

UK Immigration Policy Changes Ahead

Businesses in the UK who employ foreign workers have in recent years felt the impact of increasingly protectionist UK immigration policy changes. The introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge; closure of multiple visa routes; increases in the minimum salary requirement for Tier 2 skilled workers. Raising the cost, eligibility criteria and narrowing options for migrant […]

Latest immigration figures show extent of EU workers leaving UK

The last official migration figures to be released before the general election reveal EU workers are choosing to leave the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows that at 36%, the majority of leavers from the UK in 2016 were EU citizens, with 117,000 emigrating. This is an increase of 31,000 on 2015. […]

Barista Visa – Solution to Labour Shortages or a Bitter Tonic?

Reports of shortages of labour in specific sectors and an exodus of EEA workers as a result of Brexit are fuelling speculation about potential changes in the UK immigration rules. With the General Election now upon us and taking all political focus and energy, we do not expect any clarification on the future immigration status of EEA […]

EEA Permanent Residence Refused?

If you are unsure about your immigration options as an EEA national in the UK, and whether to complete the EEA PR Form or to register under the EU settled status scheme, speak to our legal advisers. At 85 pages, the permanent residence application form is substantial, and clearly causing issues for applicants resulting in […]

Immigration & UK Digital Strategy: The Missing Link?

In its newly published ‘UK Digital Strategy’, the Government has laid out its vision to digitally transform Britain through a long term plan of investment, training, education, and collaboration with the private sector. Amidst the optimism however, there are concerns that the strategy overlooks fundamental issues impacting the UK digital sector – crucially, immigration. The […]

Employers to Face Skills Shortages if EU Workers Leave UK

In a recent survey of over 1,000 UK employers conducted by the CIPD, more than a quarter reported their EU workers were considering leaving the UK in response to the Brexit vote and the resulting uncertainty around their immigration status. The education and health sectors reported higher numbers still, at 43% and 49% respectively. And […]

EU National Working in UK

If you are an EU national working in UK, you may want to secure a more permanent status in Britain. While Brexit negotiations are ongoing, and UK immigration an area of considerable uncertainty and contention, many EU nationals are taking action under the current system to safeguard their rights to work, live and remain in […]

Fluency Duty & Foreign Workers: A New HR Compliance Risk

The Government has published a Code of Practice aimed at helping public sector employers comply with their ‘fluency duty’ under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016. Under the Act, public sector workers in customer-facing roles must be able to speak fluent English, and in Wales, English and Welsh. ‘Customer-facing’ applies to roles where speaking […]