If you are an EU citizen worried about your future status in the United Kingdom, then you should consider whether you can apply for permanent UK residency and/or British naturalisation.
The areas for consideration are:
- The length of time you have lived in the UK; and
- Your activities during your time in the UK.
If you have lived in the UK for over 5 years, then it is likely that you may be eligible to live permanently in the UK under Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Your eligibility depends on your activities during the past 5 years.
If you have been an employee, self-employed, student or self-sufficient, then you can apply for permanent residency under Regulation 15 of the 2006 regulations.
There are of course various factors which may affect your eligibility such any periods of unemployment or time spent abroad. EU Nationals from some Eastern European countries may have various restrictions that would need to be considered.
It is important that you seek advice from a qualified professional to ensure that you do not waste time or money.
How Posada & Co can help you?
If you have been living in the UK for 5 years and your activities qualify you for permanent residency – then we can help you apply for a Permanent Residence Card. This will almost definitely mean that you can stay in the UK after we leave the EU.
The application requires that you provide evidence to show that you qualify for permanent residency. Our lawyers can assist you collate the required evidence so that your application is successful.
Becoming a British Citizen?
After 12 months of receipt of the Permanent Residence Card then you will be eligible to apply for naturalisation (i.e. become a British citizen). However, if you have lived in the UK for 6 years or more, you can apply for naturalisation as soon as you receive your Permanent Residence Card.
We can also assist you in applying for naturalisation and gathering/collating the documentation required for a successful application.
What to do now?
For an initial consultation, please call our Immigration Solicitor, Claire d’Humilly de Serraval on 0203 744 3800. The first 20 minutes of the initial consultation is free