New Free Guides: Advice for EU Nationals in the UK after Brexit

Today we’re delighted to launch a new series of guides, providing free and useful advice for EU nationals currently in the UK, in the light of Brexit.

First in this series is ‘CSI: what is it? Do I need it? How do I get it?’ (link below). You’ll find practical tips on European Health Insurance cards vs. private insurance, how and where to apply, advice for families and lots more.

Other guides in the series will cover issues such as advice for employers after Brexit, how to apply for permanent residency, and answering other questions we frequently hear, such as ‘Can I get a mortgage as an EU citizen in the UK, now Brexit is happening?’.

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Cromwell Wilkes is a law firm offering advice and representation on Immigration Law in Hammersmith, West London. Our clients come from all over the world. We are committed to sharing accurate information around Brexit and how EU nationals are affected. We pride ourselves on the quality of our advice and our dedication to client care.

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Free Guide for EU Nationals #1: CSI


Yahya Assiri…victory at last!


We are very pleased, with Yahya’s permission, to announce that he and his family have finally been recognised as refugees in this country. It has been a long battle, Yahya was one of Cromwell Wilkes’s very first clients and no one envisaged how hard the fight would be to win for him the status he clearly deserves.

Recognition must go to the many people who have supported Yahya over the last three years. these include the staff at UK Amnesty, and the office of John Spellar MP. Their campaigning support has meant a great deal to us all, and we cannot thank them enough.

We are proud and honoured to announce further that Yahya has accepted an invitation to become a director of Cromwell Wilkes to help us to enhance and expand our commitment to the protection of global human rights. For all people. In all countries.

Many people have worked for this success, but the triumph belongs ultimately to Yahya himself. This victory is a testament to his character, integrity, and courage.

Britain could never have gained a better citizen…


file_002In these early days of 2017, Cromwell Wilkes celebrates Mr Yahya Assiri, our longest standing asylum-seeking client.

Yahya is a Saudi national who has long campaigned for democracy and human rights, both in his home country and beyond. His former partner in such campaigning remains in a Saudi jail with little hope of release despite his imprisonment attracting international concern.

In February 2014, Yahya and his family lost everything when forced to seek international protection in the United Kingdom. The decision being unavoidable once the Saudi authorities became aware of his role in advocating political reform and promotion of human rights, including rights for women.

He has borne his hardship with great dignity and patience, always concerned more for the plight of others than for himself. He has used his time in the United Kingdom to offer his services to Amnesty International, and remains an active and passionate champion of human rights, access to and equality before the law, and the rights of all citizens across the world to choose, criticise or hail their governments. He opposes all forms of discrimination and applies his principled judgement to all who hold or seek power, without favour or exception, unbound by personal prejudice or misplaced ideological loyalties.  He advocates the virtue of ahimsa in rejecting violence as a legitimate harbinger of change.

Yahya Assiri wants for himself only that which he has long advocated for others: security, dignity, and freedom under the rule of law. A confirmed Anglophile (with touching civic pride in his adopted Birmingham), who is a committed internationalist and democrat, he displays an instinctive kindness to all those he encounters. Having an acute interest in the lives and ideas of others, he is ready to adapt his views in the face of reasoned debate or evidence; and quick to offer practical and ideological support to many causes beyond his own.

It is an honour to know and represent Yahya Assiri, a professional client who has become a friend. A humanitarian of courage and essential goodness. And a man who has waited almost three years to be confirmed as the refugee he surely is. The waiting goes on….and Yahya has our enduring support and best wishes in days yet to unfold…