Ministers urged to clarify immigration status of EU migrants

An influential committee of MPs has said that it is vital that the Government clarifies the immigration status of EU citizens in the wake of Britain voting to leave the institution.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said that agencies around the country would be faced with a significant increase in enquiries in the wake of the referendum result.

They said that ministers must therefore ensure that enough was done to cope with the flood of queries and that the status of the three million EU nationals living in the UK needed to be addressed.

At present the rights of migrants from the other 27 member states is the subject of some debate.

One of the key decisions for ministers, likely to be discussed in further detail during the Brexit negotiations, is when the new immigration rules would take effect.

Prime Minister Theresa May recently said: “We are still a member of the EU – there is no change in their position currently. But of course as part of the negotiation we will need to look at this question of people who are here in the UK from the EU.

“I want to ensure that we are able to not just guarantee the positions of those people but guarantee the positions of British citizens in other member states.”

Carter Lemon Camerons can advise on a range of matters relating to immigration.