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Immigration Rules will change following the announcement of the statement of changes. We know that the Government has delayed Brexit following the announcement of the Dec 2019 elections.
Here is a summary of some of the changes which will take place possibly in January 2020 onward:
The Immigration Rules HC395 has incorporated the new Appendix EU which is the new EEA Settlement Scheme. As the new rules are being enforced, it is the wider simplicity of EEA nationals and their family members to lodge appropriate applications once the UK leaves the European Union.
As the Brexit has now been delayed post the election and will be in discussion in January 2020, EEA nationals and their family members will be able to lodge a correct application to stay in the UK post Brexit.
What is being considered as no deal Brexit
There are strong suggestions that a “no deal” Brexit could happen and if that happens, the UK will leave the EU without any formal deals. This will most certainly impact those who are living in the UK as an EEA national and do not hold any formal legal status.
The Immigration (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will come into force if there is no deal with the EU.
Further to that, in a no deal Brexit, changes will also be implemented to the EU Settlement Scheme and further details will also be announced on this.
EU Settlement Scheme
The following are changes that could be applied depending on the Brexit and whether there is a deal or not:
European Temporary Leave to Remain Scheme
The new point based system will start from January 2021 and before this is applied, a new scheme is approved, to permit EEA nationals to apply for leave to remain, so they can continue to work and study in the UK, if they cannot meet the requirements of acquiring permanent status or settled status.
Here are some of the main features of the new scheme:
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