An end to free movement

An end to free movement?

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis has spoken about how the government has commissioned an assessment of the economic and social costs and benefits of EU migration. The report, which is due to be completed by September 2018, will arrive just six months before the UK is due to leave the EU.

By March 2019, a new Immigration Policy will be in place, for when free movement of EU nationals in the UK ends.

The government ministers have pledged to avoid a “cliff edge” when the UK leaves the EU and the new rules kick in.

Although there has not been any confirmed plans of how the government plans to manage migration, the Conservatives have said in their manifesto that they are looking to drastically reduce overall net migration from almost 250,000 to just tens of thousands.

Immigration solicitor for Wosskow Brown Solicitors, Mohammed Nazir predicted that home office fees will rise sharply:

“EU Nationals and their dependants must apply for a residence document, and if they have already obtained these then they should apply for permanent residence status, provided they fulfil all legal requirements. After the grace period the home office fees are expected to be higher for all applications.”

“It’s important that the government recognises that workers from across the globe can help strengthen UK businesses and public services and decisions need to be made so that these businesses can plan for the future now, not in 14 months’ time” added Mr Nazir.

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