What About Family?
Brexit has changed the way EU and EEA nationals can live and work in the UK. If you’re an EU or EEA national, you’ll need to apply for UK immigration status to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020.
An EEA national is anyone from the following countries within the European Economic Area: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.
Under UK Immigration Rules, family members of an EU or EEA national are considered to be a:
- Spouse or civil partner.
- Child or grandchild of you or your spouse or civil partner, if they’re under 21 or financially dependent on you.
- Parent or grandparent of you or your spouse or civil partner who’s financially dependent on you.
Enforcing EU residence rights
Millions of EU nationals and their family members have made the UK their home or place of work and Brexit caused great uncertainty for many. The transition period for this has now ended and the picture is a little clearer. The rules, however, can be bewilderingly complex and in many cases, residence rights can be confirmed with a simple application to the Home Office. Some cases are far from straightforward and our experience of applications within the EU and EEA immigration and the new rules imposed.
At Ashwood Solicitors, we understand that immigration is highly personal and sensitive and we reflect this in our advice and approach. Our dedicated immigration team aim to remove the stress from the immigration process and applications; we want to help you maximise your chances of a successful outcome.