First Brexit, now “Trexit” - US citizens moving to the UK post the Trump victory

9 November 2016

With today's shock result in the US presidential election, many US citizens will be scratching their heads and wondering what happens next?  After what has been possibly the most divisive election in recent memory, many Americans are waking up to a new reality and not necessarily one they agree with.

Unexpected, and for some unwanted, political outcomes often lead individuals to look at options they might not ordinarily consider. As we have seen in the aftermath of our own UK EU referendum vote, people want to keep their options open - hence the large number of British citizens applying for Irish or other EU passports. Considering whether to relocate to another country is a surprisingly common reaction to these events. This is clearly a sentiment being expressed by certain US citizens as evidenced by the Canadian Government’s Immigration website crashing earlier today through sheer volume of traffic.

We had already been receiving numerous enquiries from US citizens about moving to the UK before the election – while these were mainly from US citizens married to British citizens or with some UK ancestry or claim to a British passport, many were general enquiries about moving to the UK and the visa options available.

These are clearly unsettling times in the US and it remains to be seen if the heated rhetoric of the election campaign is turned into Government policy.  In the meantime, we have prepared a guide to UK visas for US families considering relocating to the UK, which provides an overview of the main visa options open to them, which can be downloaded via the link below.

Guide to UK immigration and visa options for US citizens wishing to live in the UK

Further information

If you are affected or have any questions about the issues raised in this blog, please contact Nicolas Rollason or another member of our immigration team.

You may also be interested in reading our other blogs for further updates and opinion on immigration related issues.

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