A change in the immigration guidance issued by the Home Office is likely to make it much harder for many EU citizens in the UK to become British citizens. Prior to that change, an EU citizen who had acquired “Settled Status”, which gives them “indefinite leave to remain”, could rely on that to meet the requirement that they had resided in the UK that is necessary for a person who wishes to acquire UK nationality. After holding settled status for one year, they could then apply for naturalisation, or even sooner if they were married to a UK citizen. In that case, they could apply immediately they obtained settled status. Applicants would still need to pass the other tests before their application was granted, and pay an application fee.
Published 26 May 2020
Stuart McWilliams details the immigration implications for businesses restructuring during the pandemic.
Published 22 May 2020
Legislation providing for the introduction of a points-based UK immigration system after Brexit has passed second reading in the House of Commons.
Published 19 May 2020
In light of the police-enforced lockdown and other social distancing measures, employers face a new challenge in ensuring they comply with their responsibilities whilst trying to maintain business continuity, writes Gurjit Pall.
Published 7 April 2020
As the UK starts to grapple with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office has been quick off the mark to make a number of concessions aimed at assisting UK visa holders impacted by the spread of the virus and the associated disruption, writes Jamie Kerr.
Published 9 March 2020
Preserving free movement in Scotland for EU citizens would not undermine the post-Brexit visa regime, according to law firm Fragomen.
Published 3 March 2020
Elaine McIlroy details the recommendations for the new post-Brexit single skills-based immigration system.
Published 29 January 2020
Jamie Kerr provides 20 insights into what the UK immigration system might have in store in the coming years.
Published 13 January 2020
The introduction of an Australian-style points-based immigration system in the UK must recognise Scotland’s unique needs, the Scottish government has said.
Published 23 December 2019
A lawyer in Aberdeen has been found guilty of sending threatening messages to a beautician after she announced her intention to leave his partner's hair salon and work elsewhere.
Published 16 December 2019
Legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who have been separated from their parents has been reinstated in England and Wales.
Published 28 October 2019
Plans for a major overhaul of the rules governing immigration have been given strong support by the Faculty of Advocates, although it fears the financial cost may be greater than anticipated.
Published 1 May 2019
An elderly Iranian couple have been granted leave to remain in the UK 40 years after they emigrated from Iran, albeit at a cost of £20,000 – which their lawyer has described as “ten years of indentured servitude to the Home Office”.
Published 13 February 2019
An immigration ‘cliff edge’ would be a real problem for the many sectors which currently rely on large numbers of EU migrant workers. Transitional arrangements are essential to ensure ‘business as usual’ is possible for many of our clients post-Brexit, writes Steven Dunn of Anderson Strathern.
Published 9 January 2019