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    I really appreciate your help, guidance and care as a solicitor during my wife’s visa application and process.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    June was absolutely outstanding and we received a first rate service from her - thankyou.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    We would like to thank you for all your help and good advice. We both felt you truly understood our situation and genuinely cared, it made this stressful process that little bit easier.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    Thank you so much for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated!  We are so pleased with the results.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    Many thanks for your advice which led us to this new application and the way to approach it.  The supporting letter was just what we wanted and I'm sure it helped convince them to issue a visa.  We are all so happy. Many thanks again for your help with this.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I would like to thank you for the your assistance in this matter, the service and advice you have provided has been excellent.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    We have finally received [our] documents from the home office! I would like to give you and your team massive thank you for your cooperation and dedication towards our application. I look forward to keeping in touch and would definitely recommend you to future clients.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    We couldn't have done this without you so thanks again. I know that you are very much a 'people person' so that's why I thought you would like to be made aware of the outcome of all your hard work and commitment to us.  

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your hard work and support with our case. I cant thank you enough for your assistance. You have always provided a high quality of service by being very professional, efficient and friendly, Your help made a big difference in our life...I really appreciate your kindness and your efforts .

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I just wanted to say thanks again for all your help with the application. I’m sure that without you it would not have gone through so quickly and easily.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I felt a weight had lifted after I spoke to you....so thank you very much, I'd recommend you to anyone in our situation in a heartbeat. You clearly have a strong team there.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest and June Holmes - Immigration

    I am so delighted with June... The support and the result was positive, she is friendly and helpful.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    Thank you so much for helping me with my application, I am delighted with this news. You did professional work for our family and we are so grateful for you.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    My husband has been issued a visa today, I want to say a big thank you to you for the effort and dedication you have contributed toward our case.

    Client testimonial about Andrew Tague - Immigration

    I couldn’t thank you enough for all your help all these years. You have always been my stronghold and pillar of strength guiding me and assuring that everything will be fine. Every time I travel I take your business card with me, just in case.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    Our daughter has received her UK passport. We are so happy that she has received it and we would like to thank you for all your help, dedication and professionalism throughout the process.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    This is great news, many thanks to June and to Iran for your effort and support. This is another successful application achieved as a result of your high standards and professionalism. Well done

    Client testimonial about Irfan Ali and June Holmes

    I am so pleased and so happy about the decision. I cannot explain my feelings. On top of this, everyone else who has supported me are all so pleased and happy about it. Everyone wants to thank you for your great support. Many thanks for everything and God bless you.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I think all that remains is to thank you on your great job well done, thanks.

    Client testimonial about Irfan Ali - Immigration

    We really appreciate every single effort you have made to help us get to our visa, and we really don't know how to do without your support and advice all the time during doing your fantastic job.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your support throughout the process.I am obviously delighted with the outcome and cannot thank you enough for your assistance.

    Client testimonial about Irfan Ali - Immigration

    Thank you so much for all your help and advice sorting our immigration matter! The process went smoothly and without a hitch, thanks to you!

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    It has been a very long and painful road to get to this point, but I can honestly say, that without the help of yourself and your firm, it most certainly would of been harder, thank you.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest – Immigration

    I can't express my feelings and I have no words to say all of you BIG THANKS..

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    Such WONDERFUL news and a great relief after all this time! We really could not have done it without you. We feel like P.G. Woodhouse .... Joy in the Morning!

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    First let me thank you for the great service you provided in getting the BRP. Many thanks for your assistance and look forward to you handling any future applications for us.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    I would just like to personally say thanks to you for all the work you've done on my case over the years.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    Keep up the good work June! You’re fantastic!!

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    I have no words to describe how happy I am; It has been a long and sometimes frustrating process, but in the end we did it ! I can't thank you enough for your extraordinary help and guidance throughout the application process.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    Thank you so much Pierrette. I really appreciate your help. It was a big help from you. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Client testimonial about Pierrette Tshibuyi - Immigration

    Really happy with you and your firm. I recall that It was recommended by a friend of mine to contact you four years ago, and it was a good choice.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    Thanks for all your help and support, we are eternally grateful.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    I can't thank you enough for your help, it must be a tough job, but your response has helped no end.

    Client testimonial about June Holmes - Immigration

    Good news: the application was a success. Thank you so much for help. I think we would have been particularly lost without your services. It was an incredibly stressful time.

    Client testimonial about Bryony Rest - Immigration

    We were so impressed with the fantastic service we received from Bryony. The matter was dealt with incredibly quickly and professionally. We will definitely be returning for our next visa application.

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EEA nationals and their family members have the right to reside in the UK and to work or enter into business here to exercise Treaty rights in accordance with EU law.

Following the Referendum on leaving the EU, EEA nationals and their family members living in the UK will be understandably worried about their ability to remain living and working here.

The future rights of EEA nationals and their family members will form part of the negotiations on terms of the UK leaving the EU, a process which is likely to take around two years from when Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union was triggered on 29 March 2017.  Article 50 was triggered via a letter from Theresa May in which she calls to ‘strike an early agreement about citizen’s rights’ both for EEA nationals living in the UK and for UK nationals living in Europe.

For now, their rights remain the same. Under EU law EEA nationals are entitled to reside in the UK providing they are exercising  Treaty rights and to have their family members with them.

Whilst there is no current requirement in EU law for EEA nationals or their family members to obtain Registration Certificates or Residence Cards, it is our advice that they now consider doing so to have evidence of their rights of residence and seek advice if required to ensure that their rights are protected.

EEA nationals can apply for a Registration Certificate to confirm their right of residence. If they have lived in the UK and exercised Treaty rights for 5 years or more, then they can apply for Permanent Residence. Applications can be made online or using the required paper form.

https://www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate

Non-EEA family members can apply for a Residence Card to confirm their right of residence if their EEA relative is exercising Treaty rights. If they have lived in the UK, and their EEA relative has exercised Treaty rights for 5 years or more, then they can apply for Permanent Residence. Applications must be made using the required paper form.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-residence-card

With an application, evidence must be provided to demonstrate that the relevant EEA national is exercising Treaty rights in the UK. The Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2017 make many of these supporting documents compulsory. It is very important to ensure that the correct evidence is provided to ensure that an application has the best chance of success.

Read our latest blog post New Immigration Regulations for EEA Nationals

The cost is £65 per person and the process takes up to 6 months.

For advice on the implications of the UK leaving the EU, please visit our Brexit page.

Our specialist team in Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields can advise on obtaining and establishing EEA rights. We can help with initial applications and applications for extended and permanent residence.

We can also represent clients at appeals if an application is refused.

Contact Us

You can talk to Pierrette Tshibuyi by telephone on 0191 232 9547  (ext. 1305) or contact her by email to Pierrette.Tshibuyi@davidgray.co.uk

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