Daniann wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:10 am
I don’t think there is anything to come ( in case of no deal )in regard EU citizen living in U.K, otherwise they will mention that within the first pages , I believe the withdraw agreement ( in term of EU rights ) will apply regardless deal or no deal .
Richard W, what’s your opinion?
My opinion is that regular EU families (whole family EU, all in the UK, no criminality) will be allowed to stay, and the grant of a PRC or DCPR will convey at least the same rights as a present-day grant of ILR, subject to application for those rights and a review of 'suitability'. The part of the declaration of intent honouring confirmation of permanent residence was a surprise to me, as it didn't follow from the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement contains a circular definition of who is covered by it, and I think the Home Office will opt for simplicity. I don't know how that will work out. I believe family members who are currently heading for PR will normally continue on that trajectory as before.
I have strong doubts that pre-settlement status will normally be retained on divorce (so expect claims of domestic violence to be fabricated) and that settled status will remain a privileged form of ILR, but I could easily be wrong. As a precedent on ILR, note that the 2-year limit on absence was first imposed on aliens and then on Commonwealth citizens; nowadays ILR only survives absence indefinitely for British nationals.