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No-deal Brexit guidance: Immigration implications for law firms

31 October 2019

We have published guidance for solicitors that looks at the main UK immigration law implications of the UK’s exit from the EU in the event of no deal.

Citizens’ rights have been one of the first and prioritised negotiating points between the UK and the EU.

In advance of its exit from the EU, the UK has already implemented changes to its immigration rules and many EU, non-EU European Economic Area (including Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland) (EEA) nationals and Swiss nationals have applied to remain in the UK post-Brexit.

Our guidance gives an overview of the main practical considerations and potential scenarios that law firms and their employees will encounter in the event of no deal.

It also provides an overview of the ways in which EU, EEA and Swiss nationals may be able to continue to reside and work in the UK.

The guidance is set out in two main phases:

  • phase one – pre-Brexit on the basis of no deal
  • phase two – the transition period

Even though in the event of no deal there would not necessarily be any implementation/transition period pursuant to the Withdrawal Agreement, for immigration purposes, as explored in phase two, there will effectively be a transition period with a continuation of free movement after the UK’s exit date.

The immigration implications for law firms and EU citizen employees are set out within each of the three phases in the event of no deal.

We also set out guidance on around family members, law firms support their employees, EEA and Swiss nationals, UK nationals working in or visiting the EU and some regulatory issues for law firms to consider.

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