A8 country nationals recently received good news if they remained working in the United Kingdom after 2009. The decision was made that regardless whether they possess worker registration scheme permission or not the period spent working counts towards their permanent resident status.
Many foreign workers were never registered under the WRS scheme and that used to be a negativity when they wanted to apply for UK permanent residence.
This period from 2009 until April 2011 A8 nationals are now counting towards years spent lawfully in the UK. The UK Court of Appeal made this ruling which the Home Office will shortly confirm.

Good News for A8 Countries’ Nationals

A8 country nationals recently received good news if they remained working in the United Kingdom after 2009. The decision was made that regardless whether they possess worker registration scheme permission or not the period spent working counts towards their permanent resident status.
Many foreign workers were never registered under the WRS scheme and that used to be a negativity when they wanted to apply for UK permanent residence. This period from 2009 until April 2011 A8 nationals are now counting towards years spent lawfully in the UK. The UK Court of Appeal made this ruling which the Home Office will shortly confirm.

What Are the Implications?

The result of the decision of the appeals court is highly in favor of the A8 nationals allowing them continuous stay in the UK even though they are not required to have been registered from 2009. This makes that application process for permanent residency simple and much shorter too.
With the new Brexit on the cards, the Home Office working with applications will start accepting permanent residence application in 2018. The rules and criteria which are stringent for all new applicants will not be in place for the existing foreign nationals who are already in the UK.
Whatever happened during the five-year qualifying period to apply for permanent residency will not apply in these cases either.

A8 National Countries

The countries which fall under the A8 nationals rule are Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
If you would like to proceed with your Indefinite Leave to Remain application, or need more information, please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch.

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