"I'm about to pack up my stuff for good"

19 July 2017

This story was sent to us by Zoltan, an EU citizen who currently resides in the UK.

"I did my masters in Birmingham as an engineer, then worked in a couple of places around the UK as a consultant. The Brexit vote found me in Australia where I spent a one year secondment with my company. At the end of my secondment I had to make a decision whether to come back to the UK or to stay in Australia. I chose to come back partly in order to be closer to my family, but I also firmly believed that common sense will prevail during the Brexit process and will be largely a formality for people established in the UK. Man how wrong I was! Under the current plans (or the previous route to permanent residency) I have absolutely no grounds to be in Britain even though I have been paying NI for about 5 years and never claimed a penny.

"Because I broke my residency for slightly longer than 12 months due to my secondment, it is the same as if I had moved here 9 months ago for the first time. Whereas the rules for people that have already taken advantage of freedom of movement proposed by the EU would solve this problem, the UK government is pursuing an archaic dysfunctional approach that would require me to prove my residency in lengthy detail, even though they could just probably have a look at my P60-s to establish my ties. In either case I am not bound to wait another year and a half in limbo while the government makes up their mind. I have received a few job offers from Australia, my visa is about to be issued (for 4 years, but could become permanent immediately subject to a skills assessment) and am about to pack up my stuff for good. No hard feelings, but one cannot plan a life under the current circumstances."

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