How will Brexit impact U.S. expats in the U.K.? | Hudson McKenzie

How will Brexit impact U.S. expats in the U.K.?

August 30, 2018 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Post-Brexit consequences have been heavily dominated by how E.U. citizens shall be impacted, but what about U.S. citizens within the U.K.?

Anything associated with the word ‘E.U.’ is likely to give warning signs, leading to the impending Brexit next year. However, does this also relate to those who aren’t specifically E.U. citizens – such as U.K.-Based, U.S. Expats?

Dual Citizenship

All U.S. Citizens who are in the U.K. with a dual citizenship, risk being impacted by Brexit to the same degree as a fully-fledged E.U. citizen.

For instance, U.S. Italian, U.S. Spanish and so forth shall also be required to apply for a ‘settlement status’ like E.U. citizens, if they have been in the U.K. for five years consistently, following from Brexit.

U.S. expats will also be impacted if they have E.U. spouses who are currently residing within the U.K.

New employment opportunities?

Following from Brexit, there may be the possibility of a new Free Trade Deal between the U.S. and U.K.

Being so, a new free trade deal could see new employment roles for U.S. expats in the U.K. – in which the employment roles recently occupied by E.U. citizens could be replaced by U.S. citizens instead.

Alternatively, any U.S. citizens currently working within E.U. companies, may have to alternatively relocate to the E.U, following from several E.U. companies leaving the U.K. post-Brexit.

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