Immigration weekly update: September 16, 2019


Azerbaijan: Immigration law reform

Multiple immigration law changes have taken effect, including a new registration requirement for temporary residence permit (TRP) holders and new rules for permanent residence applications.

Impact

Registration requirements for TRP holders

In the case of an address change, TRP holders must fulfil the registration requirements. When a foreign national or stateless person changes their place of stay, they must register their new address within five working days of the date of arrival, in accordance with Articles 21.2-21.5 of this Code. If the registered owner of the temporary accommodation is the same as the permanent residence, registration is not required.

Permanent residence applications

Foreign nationals must spend at least two continuous years in Azerbaijan to be eligible for permanent residence. Absences outside of the country for more than 90 days during any 180-day period will be considered as a break in residence.

Individuals do not require a permit to prove sufficient financial means for family members if they have invested at least 500,000 manat (approximately US$ 295,000) into the economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the State Migration Service (available in English, Azerbaijani and Russian).

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Laxmi Vikraman, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA.


UK: Making sense of Brexit

In the event the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal on Oct. 31, 2019, the Home Office has announced that free movement rules for EU citizens in the U.K. will remain until Dec. 31, 2020.

Impact

In the short term, a no-deal scenario means that EU citizens are able to live, work and study in the U.K.. The introduction of tougher criminality and public policy rules applies to those who have newly entered (the only immediate change on 31st October 2019). EU citizens who wish to stay beyond Dec. 31, 2020, must apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR). The online application process for the Euro TLR scheme will open after the U.K. leaves the EU and involves identity, security and criminality checks. The Euro TLR grants EU citizens digital status valid for three years, allowing them to work and rent property during this period. After three years, EU citizens will be required to make a further application under the new points-based immigration system.

EU citizens and their family members already residing in the U.K. or those who will arrive before Oct. 31, 2019, are advised to make an application for the EU Settlement Scheme to obtain settled or pre-settled digital status. Settlement status is granted to those with five years of continuous residence in the U.K.. As of Dec. 31, 2019, pre-settled status will be granted to those residing in the U.K. for less than five years – they’ll also be granted a further fiver-year stay.

Until the future immigration system is introduced in 2021, employers and landlords are not required to distinguish between EU citizens who arrived before or after Brexit.

Looking ahead

EU applicants arriving after Oct. 31, 2019Apply for Euro TLR before Dec. 31, 2020.
EU applicants present or arriving to the U.K. before Oct. 31, 2019The EU Settlement Scheme is open and the deadline for applications in a no-deal scenario is Dec. 31, 2020.

There is a separate set of regulations for family members of EU citizens and the deadline to apply will depend on various factors, such as nature of relationship and whether the relationship begun before or after Brexit.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Gov.uk.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Laxmi Vikraman, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA


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