Nationals


Nationals of the member States of the European Union benefit from more favourable provisions of immigration law than nationals of other countries. If you are a national of a European member State, do not assume that the general law applies to you; check for special provisions. Four groups must be distinguished:

Nationals of European Union countries in general. You are free to come to the UK. You can visit, work, whether for an employer or for yourself, and study. Workers can bring a wide range of family members with them, whether or not these family members are European Union nationals themselves. Students can bring immediate family members.

Nationals of countries collectively known as the A8 countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland Slovakia and Slovenia) are required to register under the Workers Registration Scheme to work for an employer in the UK. Your other rights, including rights to work in self-employment in the UK, are as for other EU nationals, although be aware that some of these rights depend on the EU national working, rather than just being, in the UK.

Nationals of Romania and Bulgaria, the most recent members of the European Union. Nationals of these countries are, since 1 January 2007, subject to their own, separate Workers Registration Scheme and no longer have to rely on the Association Agreements between the European Union and their countries. Your other rights, including rights to work in self-employment in the UK, are as for other EU nationals, although be aware that some these rights depend on the EU national working, rather than just being, in the UK.

Nationals of Turkey benefit from European Community Association Agreements (ECAA) between the European Union and their country.

 

J Benson Solicitors has many years of experience in European cases and cases under the Association Agreements. Contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can help you with your case.

Immigration Appeals and Judicial Review

Although consecutive British governments have sought to severely limit the right to judicial redress, most categories of immigration refusal still attract a right of appeal.

As a full-service law firm, J Benson Solicitors can assist with the preparation of your appeal and presentation of the case at an appeal hearing from the First Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber all the way to the Supreme Court.

Out of country refusals

Where  an application for entry clearance (a UK visa) is refused, this may attract a right of appeal. Such an appeal must be submitted within 28 days of the date of the decision.