Islington is home to people from all over the world, including around 30,000 people from other countries in the European Union, who make a huge contribution to the community.
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a referendum on 23rd June 2016, there has been uncertainty about the rights of people from other EU countries to remain in the UK. Islington Council is working with local community groups to offer support and advice to residents in this position.
The full impact of Brexit upon EU Citizens living in the UK will not be known until the negotiations between the UK and the EU are completed. Individual circumstances will vary and residents affected by Brexit may benefit from seeking independent legal advice.
Current situation for people from countries in the European Union
The rights of EU Citizens and their family members to live and work in the UK will remain the same until the UK leaves the EU.
The Government has said it intends to protect the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK after Brexit. However, this is subject to negotiations with the European Union and a final Brexit deal being reached.
The UK government has advised that there is no need for EU Citizens to apply for a permanent residence document now. A new scheme will be available for EU citizens and their family members to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. The criteria for this scheme will be decided by the Home Office at a later date and it may be necessary to seek independent legal advice.
When the UK leaves the EU and subject to any grace periods the government imposes, all EU Citizens and their families in the UK will need to obtain an immigration status in UK Law. This is currently proposed to be either a residency document, settled status or citizenship. The immigration status you can apply for will be subject to your individual circumstances and meeting certain requirements, which will be specified in due course by the Home Office.
As has been the case prior to the referendum, if you are an extended family member from the European Economic Area (EEA), or a Swiss person and are not qualified in your own right, you can apply for a registration certificate. View the online application or paper application.
The European Commission has provided some useful frequently asked questions and answers regarding the rights of EU Citizens in the UK.
To find an immigration advisor or solicitor near you who can provide independent legal advice, visit The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) or the Law Society.