Following the ‘Brexit’ result in the EU referendum, there has been an increase of over 60% in web traffic to UK NARIC’s Visas & Nationality service.
The Visas & Nationality service supports applications through the points based system of immigration and for migrants wishing to settle in the UK.
In the week following the vote, numbers of visitors to the Visas & Nationality web pages leapt to over 1.6 times the pre-referendum average.
UK-based visitors to the V&N web pages doubled. Migrants who are already living in the UK can apply for extensions to their current visa, or apply for settlement, citizenship or naturalisation. Visitor numbers from other EU countries were up over a third.
This could reflect some of the uncertainties on EU mobility and free movement post-referendum, and may mean we can expect applications from EU citizens seeking to settle in the UK.
We will soon see if web traffic and interest translates into actual applications.
So far, since the launch of the Visas & Nationality service on 6 April (it replaces the old online Points Based Calculator), only 4% of applications for purposes of settlement, citizenship and naturalisation have come from nationals of other EU countries. If any changes in this pattern do emerge, it should be immediately noticeable.
UK NARIC Statements of Comparability and English Language Assessment can help with UK Visa and British citizenship applicationsPosted: January 30, 2015
Note that since this article was published, immigration guidance has changed. See our post UK NARIC’s Visas and Nationality Service launches on 6 April for more up-to-date information. Also, as of 6 April 2017, UK NARIC statements can be used to evidence English levels A1, A2, B1, and B2, in addition to C1.
UK NARIC has been receiving a lot of enquiries recently about UK Visas and British citizenship.
We cannot advise on exact requirements for visa and citizenship applications – and you cannot apply for a Visa through UK NARIC – but our services can help you with your application.
Our Statement of Comparability can help you evidence the level of your international qualifications.*
Our English Language Assessment can help you evidence your level of English.*
If you have a qualification comparable to British Bachelor level that has been taught in English then UK NARIC can check and verify that you have level C1 English in the Common European Framework.*
We may also be able to check and verify for lower levels of English if you do not need level C1.*
Check the UK Home office web pages on visas and immigration for full information on UK Visas and citizenship.*
*Please check the Home Office website to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.