October 24, 2018

Immigration/Visa Applications

Britons may need visas to visit France said the French government as it unveiled draft legislation setting out preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit. 

The law will cover what would happen to French citizens living in Britain and vice versa in the event Britain crashes out without a deal. The French government is seeking a “reciprocal” arrangement whereby the UK and France would treat each others’ expat citizens equally.

Similarly, German chancellor Angela Merkel said her government was concerned about the thousands of German citizens living in the UK, as well as German businesses operating there, and how they could be prevented from being disadvantaged.

Britain would have to negotiate an emergency visa exemption with the EU Schengen countries were a no-deal to occur. 

Karam, Missick & Traube, which has a specialist immigration department, is advising all its EU clients as well as their family members to apply for permanent residence and settled status in cases where the requirements are met. Although the current government has promised that post Brexit, generous provisions will be in place for EU nationals “exercising Treaty Rights” as well as their dependants to settle in the UK, KMT believes that in the current political climate it would be reckless to rely on that.  

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