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US Immigration Update – Supreme Court allow partial enforcement of ‘Travel Ban’

The U.S. Supreme Court has today issued a partial victory to the Trump Administration, allowing the enforcement of the temporary ‘travel ban’ on travellers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not hold a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”.   The…


UK Immigration Update – Theresa May’s Offer to EU Citizens

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has today published her offer to EU citizens and their family members living in the UK ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, when the rights enshrined under EU Treaties disappear. The 22-page document sets out her vision as to how EU nationals and their families may obtain ‘settled status’ prior to and after so-called ‘Brexit’, along with the rights they seek to enshrine in relation to employment, health, welfare and pensions rights.

In her report, Mrs May shall propose the following:

– That a ‘specified’ or ‘cut-off’ date be set between 29 March 2017 (the date Article 50 was triggered) and the formal date of Brexit, to establish who may benefit from the ‘new rights’ being created

– That beneficiaries of these new rights will be subject to a new administrative process that is “modernised and kept as smooth and simple as possible

– That where the relevant EU national has been residing in the UK lawfully for five years before this specified date, and they remain resident in the UK, they will be able to apply for ‘settled status’, meaning “they will be free to reside in any capacity and undertake any lawful activity, to access public funds and services and to apply for British citizenship

– That those EU nationals who have not been in the UK lawfully for five years prior to the specified date will be allowed to apply for a temporary residence permit and given the opportunity to accrue five years’ of lawful residence in order to secure settled status

– That EU nationals lawfully resident in the UK at the point of Brexit will be able to remain in the UK for a period of up to two years with ‘blanket permission’ without needing to apply for new documentation under the new administrative process – a so-called ‘grace period’ – thought to end around 2021, during which time applications may voluntarily be made for a new residence document. Once the new residence document is issued, the blanket permission will automatically expire. Those who fail to apply for a new residence document before the grace period ends may no longer have permission to remain in the UK.

– That EU nationals arriving after the specified date will be able to apply for leave to remain under UK immigration provisions, details of which shall be proposed at a future date, although the proposal makes it clear that such individuals “should have no expectation of guaranteed settled status

– That residence documentation issued to EU nationals and family members under the EU Regulations prior to Brexit, including individuals holding permanent residence documentation, will no longer be valid following Brexit (at which point the UK is no longer subject to the EU Treaties that enshrine such rights)– such individuals will also be required to apply for the settled status document or temporary residence permit in order to acquire evidence of their continuing right to live in the UK beyond the grace period, although the Home office (perhaps realising the frustration this is going to cause) confirm that such individuals will have their applications “streamlined”

– That family members joining the qualifying EU national before Brexit occurs may be able to apply for settled status after five years, even if arriving after the specified date

– That EU nationals who are serious criminals or represent a threat to the UK may face deportation without the level of protection currently afforded to such individuals

– Continuation of the European Health Insurance Card scheme however comprehensive sickness insurance (‘CSI’) will no longer be required for those EU nationals who are economically inactive

– To protect the current Common Travel Area arrangements, meaning Irish nationals will not be required to undertake the above

– That those with settled status will continue to have access to UK benefits on the same basis as a UK national under domestic law and those with temporary status will likewise continue to have the same level of access


The Home Office will be seeking to extend the above to the other EEA states – namely, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Should the offer be accepted in substance, it is expected that employers conducting right to work checks on EU nationals and their family members following Brexit will not be able to rely upon existing residence documentation issued under the EU Regulations and, instead, will require sight of the new settled status document or temporary residence permit.

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