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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

Are there any changes to the immigration status of those currently working in or studying at Cambridge?

19 July 2016

According to an announcement from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (28 June 2016):

There will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.

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I'm an EEA national. What does the referendum mean for my status in the UK?

19 July 2016

The current political situation is uncertain and subject to change. To date the government has not taken any formal position as to the future status of EEA nationals living and working/studying in the UK. However, at present, the government has confirmed the following:

“The UK remains a member of the EU … until Article 50 negotiations have concluded.

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I’m a non-EEA national. Is there any impact on me?

19 July 2016

The referendum has no effect upon the UK immigration system and there no foreseeable changes to the mechanism by which non-EEA nationals can visit, study, work or settle in the UK.

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Can EEA nationals, and their family members, protect their current status in the UK?

19 July 2016

EEA nationals and their family members are not subject to UK immigration control and therefore, aside from applying for UK Citizenship, there is no other mechanism by which EEA nationals can formalise and protect their status in the UK. 

Under current EU legislation, EEA nationals and their family members have ‘free movement’ throughout all 28 EU states, which includes the UK. As noted above, at present these rights remain in place.

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What options do I have?

19 July 2016

As noted above, EU nationals do not need to register for any documentation in order to evidence their free movement rights in the UK, and it is important to note that obtaining EEA documentation currently does not give you any immediate protection.

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What options do my dependants have?

19 July 2016

Direct family members of EEA nationals have an automatic right of residence in the UK for as long as they remain the family member of that EEA national. The following are considered to be direct family members:

  • spouse or civil partner

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How do I apply for a Permanent Residence Card?

19 July 2016

Update - please note, from 1 February 2017 it will only be possible to apply using either the EEA (PR) paper form or the online application process. All other application methods will be automatically rejected by the Home Office. The application will cost £65 per person.

 

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What documentation will I need for a Permanent Residence application?

19 July 2016

 

Whether you elect to use the University’s template letter or the standard application form, you must submit the following documentation as part of the application.

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When/how can I apply for UK Citizenship?

19 July 2016

Before applying for UK Citizenship, currently there is a requirement under UK law for EEA nationals to first obtain a Permanent Residence Card. In addition, to qualify for UK Citizenship, you must have resided in the UK for at least one year after obtaining permanent residence.

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Who should I contact if I have queries about my position?

19 July 2016

The University’s International Student Team provides advice on a range of student-related immigration matters for applicants, students and their family members. 

The HR Compliance Team have significant experience with assisting with immigration applications.

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