Following the referendum on 23 June 2016 and the UK Government’s subsequent notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union of 29 March 2017, the UK will be leaving the EU.
An agreement between the UK Government and the EU Commission has been reached on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. Under the agreement, EU citizens and their families living in the UK are entitled to stay here after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, with continued access to public services and funds. For background information on the EU and UK’s proposals for citizens’ rights after Brexit, see our information sheet here.
Until the UK leaves the EU, EEA nationals will be able to live and work in the UK with only their national passport or identity document as evidence of their entitlement to remain here. However, this is likely to change after Brexit. We would therefore recommend that all EEA nationals wishing to remain in the UK in the long-term consider their options and, where required, take action to ensure their position in the UK is protected. For instance, many may be able to complete the process for becoming a British citizen before March 2019, ensuring they will be able to remain after Brexit regardless of the outcome of the negotiations. Before apply for citizenship, an EEA national must first obtain a document certifying permanent residence.For more information on the process of applying for permanent residence documentation, see our information sheet here.
The team at McGill & Co have a wealth of experience in dealing with matters of EU free movement law and have had a number of reported cases that have shaped EU free movement law in the UK (see for example the reported decision in Boodhoo and another (EEA Regs: relevant evidence)  UKUT 00346 (IAC)).
We provide a range of services for individuals including:
- Initial consultation - either face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype - to provide advice on the best course of action to take to secure your position in the UK;
- Application checking service including expert review of your completed application form, examination of all supporting evidence, and detailed advice on any evidence or documentation that is lacking from your application;
- Full application service including advice and assistance throughout the application process, provision of a detailed list of all necessary evidence tailored to your individual requirements, examination of all supporting evidence, meeting with you to complete all necessary paperwork, and preparation of a detailed letter of legal representation outlining the legal basis for your application.
We also provide the following services for organisations looking to assist their EEA national staff to navigate through the labyrinth of information about the rights of EEA nationals in the UK:
- Advice for employers on how the proposals on the rights of EEA nationals in the UK may affect their business;
- Presentations and seminars for EEA staff members and their families explaining the eligibility criteria under the current system and outlining the terms of the EU Commission’s and UK Government’s current negotiating positions;
- Assistance with applications for residence documentation and citizenship from EEA staff members and their families.
Specialist Brexit Immigration Solicitors in Glasgow & Edinburgh
To discuss your specific circumstances with one of our experts, contact us today by calling 0131 228 2083 for our Edinburgh office or 0141 248 6552 for our Glasgow office or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Grace and Iain not only made the process as easy as imaginable; calming our worries throughout and giving us a personalised service, but also putting our needs to the forefront and taking the time to truly help. Our family life is indebted to McGill and Co and we truly appreciate their continued effort - Fraser Rose