Are you an EEA National residing in the UK?
Following the vote for Britain to leave the EU, you may be concerned about your status here in the UK. Whilst it is clear that the vote to leave the EU may in due course have a major impact on Immigration to the UK, particularly for employers employing EU workers and for EU workers, it should be borne in mind that no changes will be made over night. EU citizens are to continue to have free movement rights until the UK formally leaves the EU and those already in the UK will more than likely be protected by transitional arrangements which should be put in place to enable them to remain in the UK under UK Immigration Rules.
What can you do now?
If you have been living in the UK for a number of years now, you may be interested in applying for British Citizenship. Prior to November 2015, you could apply for British Citizenship as an EEA National directly if you had been living in the UK and “exercising treaty rights” as an EEA National for a period of 5 years. However, the rules changed in November 2015 which now mean that you must first apply for Permanent Residence (settlement) in the UK before applying for British Citizenship, if you do not already have a document certifying Permanent Residence in the UK. You can only then apply for Citizenship once you have spent a period of 12 months in the UK.
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