How the EU referendum result will affect EU nationals in the UK

EEA voting

What does the leave vote mean for European Citizens?

There will be a lot of panic today from many EEA nationals who are concerned about their prospects and future in the UK. It is inevitable that the UK will eventually introduce immigration control and all European nationals from EEA countries will be classed similar to Non-eea nationals and require a visa to work and live in the UK. When this will happen is not clear, but it is important that EEA nationals and their family members secure their EEA PR as soon as they can. It’s recommended applications for EEA PErmanentr Residence are prepared correctly and to Home Office specification.


We strongly encourage you to seek Immigration advice before submitting your application. Find out how we can help – Response within 24 hrs

What can I do to continue working in the UK as an EEA National?

If you are from an EEA country you need to apply for a document certifying (Form QP) residence or EEA PR. It is advised you submit an application ASAP for confirmation of EEA PR or residence. There will be a massive rush from millions of EEA nationals to apply for these documents. Currently, it is taking up to 6 months to process an application for permanent residence. With the huge increase in applications, this may extend the processing time to as long as 12 months or more. It is unlikely the Home Office are going to speed up the process or put more staff into processing EEA Applications given that the country is leaving the EEA area. For this reason, it is essential that you obtain professional and expert advice with your EEA Permanent Residence application to ensure it does not come back rejected. If you apply and it is rejected, even for a minor error it may not give you enough time to correct the problem before the new immigration rules are implemented.

How Long Will My EEA PR Application Take?

Currently, we are seeing extremely long wait times. There is no phone number to discuss your current application with the Home Office so all communication is required by mail correspondence. This takes a long time and is why applications should be prepared correctly from the start. Before the Brexit (vote leave) there was a wait time of around 6 months for applications for permanent residence from EEA citizens. We can now expect this delay to be even longer with some speculation that with millions of potential applications that delays could be as long as 12 months to 2 years. If you consider that this means a mistake could result in a refusal and by the time your application is processed it may be too late to reapply. This can lead to job losses, children having to leave school and return home and many other hardships for EEA migrants.

How Can WM Immigration Help Me?

We have been assistance EEA nationals for many years with their EEA Permanent Residence applications. We are very experienced with all types of EEA applications and will know if an application is ready for submission and meets the Home Office requirements. To help you with your application for PR we can offer the following services:

  • Eligibility Check
  • Review of documents once collected – to be scanned/uploaded and sent by email for review
  • Advice how to apply, where to apply and application procedures
  • Advice on how to complete the form including email/telephone support with all the form questions
  • Supporting cover letter to Home Office – British Government outlining your case

We strongly encourage you to seek Immigration advice before submitting your application. Find out how we can help – Response within 24 hrs

How We Can Help?

Here at WM Immigration we have experience in dealing with many different Immigration applications. Our expertise and professionalism will ensure you are given the correct immigration advice. We understand the stress of making your visa application and will endeavour to give you the best chance possible of success. Our company has an established reputation and will provide advice regarding of your location.

Services We Offer

  • Eligibility Check
  • Tailored guidance on how to meet specific requirements
  • Document check
  • Review of Application Forms
  • Assistance with booking appointments
  • Same Day Visa Representation

Visa and ILR Application Premium Service

If you don’t want to wait months for your immigration application to be processed in the UK, we can assist you in getting it processed at the Home Office Premium Service Centre. We can have you booked in for an appointment in a matter of weeks and you will get your visa approved same day. No more stressful waiting! Our experienced representatives will attend with you to ensure a smooth application.