On 7 April 2017, just nine days after the Government triggered Article 50, the Home Office issued a revised information page for EU nationals living in the UK.
The information stipulates that even though Article 50 has been triggered, EU nationals living in the UK do not need to take any action. It states:
‘You do not need to do anything as a result of Article 50 being triggered. There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK whilst the UK remains in the EU.’
So, reassuring words? Maybe yes, maybe no. Our view is that the Government is keen to avoid the continued increase in applications being made for permanent residence status.
The Government has sought to reassure people that an early agreement on the rights of UK nationals in the EU, and EU nationals in the UK, is a priority issue for the forthcoming EU negotiations. However, the Government has a number of priorities and these statements do not bestow any extra rights or guarantees on EU nationals. In other words, they are merely hollow words.
Our advice remains that EU residents should explore their options and rights, even at this stage. This will give applicants the time they need to gather the significant amount of information and evidence required and avoid the inevitable increase that will surely follow as the UK edges closer to being outside of the EU.
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Our experienced immigration lawyers would be happy to discuss your needs and how we can help you cement your right to live and work in the UK.
The link to the Government’s web page can be found here: