Citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, as a result, we can see a major impact on Europeans living in the UK. Statistics show that less EU citizens are now coming to the UK for long-term relocation and those who are already resident in the UK are rushing to obtain UK residence documents as well as citizenship in the UK.
During 2018, no less than 602,000 people moved to the UK (immigration) and approximately 343,000 people left the UK (emigration). Long-term migrants continued to add to the UK population as an estimated 258,000 more people moved to the UK with an intention to stay for a minimum of 12 months. However, migration of EU citizens (long-term immigration) has fallen since 2016 and is currently at its lowest since 2013, decreasing from 190,000 people per year to just 74,000 in the past 12 months. Whilst the numbers of EEA nationals migrating to the UK are declining rapidly, the amount of UK residence and Nationality applications received by the Home Office from the EEA nationals is at an all-time high.
At present British citizenship applications from EU nationals are at the highest levels ever recorded in the history of the UK. Based on the statistics, the number of EU nationals granted British citizenship in the UK increased by 50% last year, from 32,000 in 2017 to 48,000 in 2018. In the first quarter of this year, at least 18,000 EU nationals applied for Naturalisation — by far the highest number of applications on record.
If you are an EEA national or are a partner of an EEA national residing in the UK, contact us today to discuss your eligibility for UK residence documents as well as British Citizenship.
Mann’s Solutions has extensive expertise in offering UK Immigration and legal support services to individual and corporate clients, our specialists provide advice on UK visas including Tier 1, Tier 2 and other categories, including permanent residence, settlement status and citizenship applications in the United Kingdom.