30 November 2016

Would the UK consider Donald Trump to be of ‘good character’?

Eager to ingratiate themselves with the new President-elect, the UK Government is apparently considering inviting Donald Trump on a state visit in 2017. This will be no ordinary visit, Donald Trump having the dubious honour of being the first sitting President who MPs have actually debated banning from the UK following a petition calling for that which attracted just shy of 600,000 signatures. At the time of the petition, Theresa May, then Home Secretary, publicly noted her disagreement with Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and released a statement that noted ‘we will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect’. While the statement did not refer directly to Donald Trump, the message was taken to be a veiled comment on his policy proposal and the petition. 

Despite some stinging remarks about then-candidate Trump, the debate was more for show than with the intention of leading to any actual restrictions on his entry to the UK and the President Elect, who has a number of business interests in the UK, has since visited.

That said, with a looming state visit, I thought it would be worth considering whether Donald Trump could fall foul of any of the ‘good character’ requirements that apply to British nationality applications. 

Katie Newbury

9 November 2016

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

With today's shock result 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. 

Nicolas Rollason

5 October 2016

Roll out of online application process for EEA nationals

Following the conclusion of the pilot to trial online applications for EEA nationals wishing to apply to register their status or apply for Permanent Residence, the online application process has now been rolled out nationally as of 1 October 2016. 

Nicolas Rollason

24 August 2016

Brexit and the position of children born to European nationals living in the UK

Following the UK’s referendum in June on its membership of the EU, many European nationals are concerned with their future immigration status in the UK once Brexit takes effect. Equally, some are considering the status of their children and whether they are able to register them for British citizenship or apply for a British passport. In this blog, we outline the law relating to this, which may help you determine the status of children born to European nationals living in the UK.

Jessica Jim 詹穎怡

4 July 2016

What should EEA citizens living in the UK do next?

In this blog, originally published by LexisNexis, Katie Newbury, associate in Kingsley Napley’s immigration team, advises that the most basic thing EEA nationals can and should do at this time is to gather and retain evidence relating to their residence in the UK.

Katie Newbury

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