Rise In Applications For British Citizenship From EU Nationals Before Brexit
Applications for British citizenship have climbed abruptly as EU nationals attempt to assure their status ahead of the UK’s leave from the EU. The Home Office has indicated this is expected to be related to “perceived uncertainty” following the referendum outcome.
On 23 August the Home Office published its immigration statistics for the year ending June 2018. These records exposed applications for British citizenship have raised by 47% paralleled to the previous year, with a sum of 42,037 applications being submitted in the past year.
EU nationals now account for roughly 30% of all citizenship applications compared with just 11% in June 2016. Generally the sum of EU nationals being permitted British citizenship almost amplified between 2016 and 2017, mounting from 16,967 to 31,464.
The gush in applications comes at a time where net migration of EU nationals tumbled to its bottommost level in six years. In the year ending March 2018 just 87,000 EU nationals moved to the UK, down from 189,000 in the year ending June 2016.
The cut in EU migrants will stimulate fears that Brexit will head to skills deficiencies in certain sectors of the economy. A current survey of 2,000 UK businesses exposed employers are facing “supply shock” as lesser EU citizens are preferring to come to the UK for employment and as an outcome, companies are striving to fill openings.
Phoebe Griffith of the Institute for Public Policy Research stated that the “figures confirm there has been a sustained fall in net migration of EU citizens since the EU referendum” and called for a new net migration target to “stop the brain drain of skilled EU workers”.
This can be an important administrative errand and you will need to submit the accurate documentary proof. The UK Immigration Rules are multifaceted and a legal representative can help make sure that your Applications For British Citizenship go through the Immigration Rules.