20 March 2018
Withers recently issued guidance regarding the residence rights of European Union nationals who continue to live in the United Kingdom after Brexit. To remain in the U.K., EU nationals should apply for a permanent residence document issued by the U.K. Home Office, providing for the right to remain in the U.K. on a permanent basis and allowing an individual to apply for full U.K. citizenship. The U.K. has encouraged EU nationals to apply for permanent residence documents sooner rather than later because the rights of EU nationals living in the U.K. continue to change. The process currently consists of an 88-page application covering every eventuality, which may be difficult for individuals to navigate. The process currently takes six months to process through the Home Office, during which time the Home Office holds the individual's passport. Withers has indicated that it is available to assist in completing such application to ensure that all Home Office requirements are met and that its clients do not have to wait an extended period of time for the return of their passports. Withers has suggested that EU nationals apply for permanent residence to provide themselves and their families with a new level of insurance and security, even if they do not progress to citizenship. For more information, see https://www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/eu-citizens-should-secure-uk-permanent-residence-before-brexit.