Immigration and Brexit; Will it impact you?

The current Brexit plan allows European nationals currently living in the UK to remain subject to certain conditions to remain after June 2021 under a ‘pre-settled’ and ‘settled’ status and UK citizens working in the EU are allowed to also continue to do this also. The Brexit plan dose not allow the UK to prohibit the free movement of people from the EU until a December 2020 cut off date. The Treaty that currently allows citizens of member states to live and work in the EU will not be in effect in the UK for European nationals coming to the UK after the 30th of March 2019 from that date the UK will be in transition as regards the status of EEA Nationals.

On the 23rd of June 2016 a referendum vote was held on whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European union. The negotiations for the exit process have been ongoing as of many political disputes regarding the fall out of the United Kingdom leaving the EU. In March of 2017 an article 50 withdrawal notice was sent the EU giving the UK and EU until the 29th of March 2019 to end the EU relationship.

EEA Nationals who do not utilise the newly introduced status’s will be given a ‘temporary status’ allowing stay in the UK until the end of the transition phase in December of 2020. The UK is to remain as part of a ‘customs union’ with the EU preventing a ‘Hard Border’ between the North and South of Ireland as southern Ireland is an independent country that is a member of the EU. The UK would also have to stick to the laws of the EU and the European court of judgement.

The Vote

Yesterday, the 12th of March 2019 the current proposal for the Brexit withdrawal was voted on again and was not accepted by the UK parliament. A further vote will be held on the 14th of March 2019 for extension of Article 50; a further vote is to be held today, 13th of March 2019. The options now for the UK are to leave the EU with no deal, or apply for an extension on the deadline or to revoke the section 50 notice sent in March of 2017.

MP’s were voting today to determine whether the current exit package suited the UK. The bottom line was that if the package were rejected and/or firm decisions not made for the UK by the 29th of March the UK would no longer be a member of the European union and would have no trade agreements. MP’s were voting today to determine whether the current exit package suited the UK. The bottom line was that if the package were rejected and/or firm decisions not made for the UK by the 29th of March the UK would no longer be a member of the European union and would have no trade agreements.

Lawson Hunte News this week

On a lighter note, and changing the subject Lawson Hunte has achieved 7 grants this week for its clients. We are extremely pleased with our client results and wish to congratulate those granted leave to remain and British Nationality in the past week. Well done, Guy for maintaining an unblemished 100 percent success rate and other team members for putting clients first.

By Jed Nero Compliance Officer at Lawson Hunte immigration services

Have a good weekend

We have had a great week at Lawson Hunte with great results for our clients. This week we have seen 1 grant of entry clearance, plus one last and week 4 new British Nationals. What a Week! and here is what they said


Sonya and James her trainee work very hard for there clients making sure that everything is covered and goes smoothly,they have huge hearts are very caring and professional ,to add to that the fees are very reasonable and everything is loaded into your case file so that you can ,see all the work done along the way ,I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Sonya or James to anybody needing immigration advice or help in the future ,thanks guys for all your hard work and patience with us when we were in a very stressful situation

Dear Sonya,
Thank you so much for your help and effort put into my application.Words are not enough to thank you and your team, I know how much stress and pain I caused during the process but I must confess that the high standard you put into my work is very much appreciated and I must also comment James Parker Bishop for his hardwork during those time as well. Sonya I am definitely proud of you and your team, your professionalism and high quality standard is something I can never forget, once again thank you
Kind regards
We are very chuffed

The Act Repealing the European Communities Act 1972

The Act Repealing the European Communities Act 1972
Everyone has been waiting for the Act to repeal the ECA 1972, so here it is
If you are interested to read this document click here The UK will reclaim Sovereignty on 29 March 2019. EU law will no longer have supremacy over UK domestic law. The position now still remains that there is EU supremacy and actions against the State are still possible. Also from implementation, The Charter of Fundamental Rights will no longer apply to UK Nationals.

News for EU Nationals

Clients keep asking us what is the deal with Brexit – Here is your answer

BREXIT – This post gives details of the EU settlement scheme rules, published in a statement of changes that will take effect on 28 August 2018, introducing a new Appendix EU. This Appendix sets out the basis on which an EU citizen and their family members, and the family members of a qualifying British citizen, will, if they apply under it, be granted indefinite leave to remain or limited leave to remain. The statement of intent preceding the government’s actions was published on 21 June 2018 Click to read document

Our time billing is measured scientifically

The database will produce billing automatically as it time measures the activity in your case. When the bill is generated payment will be due with immediate effect.

You can check your billing at any time on the case management system.

This system does not have the capacity for billing in GBP (Pound Sterling), the conversion rate used is that which is published on the HMRC website month by month. The government published the rate in arrears therefore in March the conversion rate published will be the February rate.

Please do not worry about this as our invoices will be produced in GDP. We have reported the currency issue to the case management system providers, however, they are not yet ready to have this altered. We will update you fully on whats new.

Let us have your comments or any concerns you wish to raise on the new billing system via your my case portal or email on

International Women’s Day Celebrations in Peterborough

Peterborough put on a good show in support of local women and women globally. There were some interesting stands such as the Peterborough Pensioners Association who have been campaigning in the City for 25 years. They are affiliated to the National Pensioners Convention founded by Mr. Jack Jones. They meet monthly on the last Monday of the Month at the Westgate Church Centre 2 pm until 4 pm. I promised I would them specifically on our site, the chair is Rita Young who can be contacted on 01733 270528 or Also were NASUWT who were campaigning for better treatment for teachers a contact there if needed is Lindsay Roberts, Negotiating Secretary who can be contacted on 0739958933. Also, there were the Palestinian Campaigners, Adeela from the British Red Cross in Peterborough, Rape Crisis and a whole host of activities and campaign activities. Peterborough is a City which is amorphic it is an ever-changing environment and has a society of women who are paving the way such as the Local MP, Miss Fiona Onysanya, Campaigner’s for Autism Miss Nazreen Bibi so much going on for the creation of good. Glad to be a resident and a woman living, working and contributing in Peterborough.

Q&A Send me a list of documents?

My best answer to individuals who are not retained client’s of any legal organisation is first, document lists are generally available in the public domain. And secondly, it is unlikely that a legal organisation would send you a list in isolation and/or without an assessment. Professional lawyers are trained to assess the circumstances of their retained clients. Thereafter, once that fact are known they then decide the required evidence. This helps prevent vulnerability and allows for due dilligence. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance with an assessment of your circumstances.

First Friday Clinic

This is our free clinic which is held on the first friday of every month. It is held just once per month because we are not funded. The clinics are options only because we have just 20 minutes per person. This is usually enough for our clients who may just want a quick answer to a question. We do not have the resources there to check applications and do not check refusals in significant detail as this can be complex an time consuming. Most months we have between 8 and 13 attendees. Our clients speak on any immigration subject and this means we have to be veratile. There are time where we make referrrals to the British Red Cross or other local organisations who may be able to help our clients and progress their matters. The types of matters we can’t help in are funding or payments of NHS bills to those not entitled to NHS help; we do however try to accommodate as much as possible within the law. We will post our leaflet on the website with our Spring/Summer dates and will distribute leaflets locally within the next few days. Our next session is Friday April 6th. We have a Russian speaker on staff.

What is a grant of leave outside of the immigration rules

The answer to this is that in addition to the immigration rules, the Secretary of State has a residual power to exervise discretion in favour of applicants. This can happen even in cases where the applicant does not satisfy criteria within the immigration rules. The factors which can be considered to make such a grant are documented by the SSHD as guidance. If you feel that your circumstances do not fit the rules but there is something unusual or compelling, it would be advisable for you to seek assessment of your circumstances. lawson Hunte provide a free 20 minute options only clinic available on the First Friday of each month where you can discuss your circumstances with an advisor in confidence and free of charge. Register on our website for an appointment or alternatively, an initial consultation with us, this is set at a nominal charge of £60.00.