Citizens of the United Kingdom have decided to leave the common road and continue on their own outside the European Union. They did it through Brexit, a referendum in which they decided on the future of their country. But what has happened in terms of immigration policies in the UK? As a result, the United Kingdom left the EU on March 29th, 2019. This has led to a lot of uncertainty about what happens next about UK immigration policies. Many new issues have been opened, and many doubts and problems have been created in general, especially in the area of immigration, a part that initially went through the rules of the EU, and now is again under the authority of the UK institutions.
We don’t know yet exactly what will happen to UK immigration policies after the Brexit referendum because certain things have not yet been defined, but we can still see changes that create additional obligations for citizens from other countries. But we can make some educated guesses and we can look at the conditions that are currently present in terms of the policies of the UK in terms of issuing visas and in terms of what are the possibilities for each person to visit the UK.
There have been suggestions that post-Brexit UK immigration policies will be more restrictive, including reducing the number of visas that are granted each year and making it harder for people from other EU countries to work in the UK. This, fortunately, did not happen, but therefore many new rules were added, and security checks and measures were strengthened so that everyone can get their visa if they meet all the requirements and all the criteria set by the UK immigration office. Today we will look together at the changes in terms of what are the opportunities that the new immigration rules in the UK provide. So read on, let’s see together what Brexit brings about as a change in terms of immigration.
The entry of citizens of EU countries is allowed again, but a visa is required
Although in the past, while the UK was part of the EU, all citizens of this union were allowed to travel, work and live in the United Kingdom, but today this has changed. Today, each of these citizens needs to get an entry permit, that is, get a visa. All that is required is for them to go through the security checks, through the processes that are mandated by the UK institutions, and then the issuance of the visa will be approved. Of course, for all of them, there are still certain deviations and extenuating circumstances that have been achieved with the Brexit agreement, but in the end, it is still most important that they have a visa or approval to come and stay in the United Kingdom.
A visa is also required for all those who come from countries outside the EU
Of course, a visa is required for all those who come from other countries that are not part of the EU. They require a detailed process and detailed checks. However, these countries are not considered trustworthy countries, that is, the EU countries are considered trustworthy countries because there was cooperation between the EU and the UK in the past years, but with other countries, the cooperation was not so strong and that is exactly why they needed greater checks. It is necessary to go through the process in detail, even if it is a question of a sponsorship license that is issued for work or study. Therefore, if you come from a country that is outside the EU, be prepared for this long process.
What types of approvals and documents do the UK immigration office provide?
For all those who would like to go to the UK and need a document for entry, residence, or work, today we bring the 3 most commonly issued visas that are prepared by the immigration office of the UK. These are the following 3 visas:
- Sponsorship License – this is the first and most important document issued by UK institutions. It is a document that is given to all people who would like to work or study in the UK. All that is required is to submit where you will be accommodated, where you will work or study, that you do not have a criminal record or financial problems, and similar information should be submitted by the educational institution or the company that will employ you.
- Fiancé visa – this is the second document that you can get if you want to go to the UK. This document is issued to all betrothed to a UK citizen. All that is needed is to prove that the relationship is real, and that there are already joint plans, joint finances, trips, and many shared moments to ensure from the immigration office that this visa can be issued to the person applying.
- Marriage visa – This visa is issued to persons who are already married to a British citizen or are to marry a British person shortly. They need to prove that the wedding has already been arranged or that it has taken place, but also to provide other important details to ensure the whole procedure and the spouse gets a visa with which he could stay or live for a certain time in the UK.
You must meet the criteria to obtain a visa and permission to enter or remain in the UK
The most important part about visas and residence papers in the UK after Brexit is that you meet all the criteria because that’s the only way you can be approved to stay. Therefore, first, check whether you meet all the conditions indicated by the UK, then prepare all the documents and apply for one of the opportunities offered by the UK immigration system after Brexit.
Many Brits would argue that Brexit may have been a hasty decision, but at the end of the day, it is an opportunity for the country to grow and progress. Of course, this referendum led to changes in the UK’s visa approach, but it also generally led to changes that all future travelers to the UK will still need to get used to.