Are you planning to move to the UK after Brexit and wondering about your options? The rules for living in the UK have changed, but there are still a variety of ways for you to make your move to the UK. This article will guide you through the possible solutions.
What is Settled Status?
If you’re an EU national and you were already living in the UK before the rule change in 2020, you may have applied for settled status. This status allows you to stay in the UK indefinitely, as long as you meet certain criteria. You may have also applied for pre-settled status if you had not lived in the UK for the required 5 years. This status allows you to stay in the UK for up to 5 years.
Other Ways to Move to the UK If you don’t have settled status, there are other ways to move to the UK. Here are some of the most common:
Family Permit and Family Visa
If you have family members who are already settled in the UK, you may be able to apply for a Family Permit or Family Visa. The Family Permit allows you to stay in the UK with your family members for up to 6 months, while the Family Visa allows you to stay for up to 2 years and 9 months. There are eligibility requirements for both types of visas.
If you’ve come to the UK to study, you can apply for a Graduate Visa. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 2 years after you graduate to find work in your field.
Skilled Worker Visa
If you have a job offer in the UK, you may be able to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 5 years and can be extended. To be eligible, you must have a job offer from a UK employer who is registered as a sponsor.
High Potential Individual Visa
If you’ve graduated from a top international university in the past 5 years, you may be eligible for a High Potential Individual Visa. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 3 years and can be extended. To be eligible, you must have a degree or equivalent qualification, as well as other qualifications and work experience.
Frontier Worker Permit
If you live in the EU or another allied country and travel to the UK to work seasonally, you may be eligible for a Frontier Worker Permit. This permit allows you to access certain benefits in the UK.
If you want to start a business in the UK, you may be able to apply for an Innovator Visa. This visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 3 years and can be extended. To be eligible, you must have a viable business idea and meet other requirements.
How immigration solicitors can help
If you’re not sure which option is right for you, SilverOak Solicitors can help. Our experienced immigration solicitors can guide you through the process and help you find the best solution for your needs.
Our solicitors have a deep understanding of the complex rules and regulations surrounding UK immigration, which can be confusing and overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the process. We can also assist you with filling out applications, preparing supporting documentation, and liaising with the UK government and relevant authorities on your behalf.
With the help of an experienced immigration solicitor, you can navigate the immigration process with confidence and increase your chances of successfully moving to the UK. Contact us today to learn more.