Immigration Issues: Brexit's About to Get Real


Since the fateful 2016 referendum, I've written several times about the implications of the UK's changing status for us foreign national performers living here. But things are about to get painfully real, and it's important to be prepared for a changing landscape.

If you are already here in the UK – as, let's face it, all members of the AAUK are  - well done. For the most part, you will be fine; there will definitely be changes, but by and large, you've already accomplished the hardest bit, which is living and working in the UK legally. Take a breath.

Happy Birthday AAUK


November has descended, but what many of you may not know is that it marks AAUK’s 22nd anniversary. With American Thanksgiving around the corner, now is an appropriate moment to look back at our beginnings, and celebrate everything the organization provides our community.

Back to School


Fall is upon us, and with it the feeling of a fresh start to the year, when people return from vacation and new school terms begin. Despite the continued political uncertainty, there is still something about this time of year that feels like the opening of a new chapter, and for those of us in the entertainment industry, where self-employed schedules don’t necessarily follow the more regular schedules of vacations, holidays, or even weekends off, this is still a great time of year to blow away the cobwebs and think about refreshing our approach.


Equity Annual Representative Conference 2019 - highlights

On the weekend of May 18-20, 2019, several hundred members of Equity converged on Belfast for the Annual Representative Conference to discuss union issues and decide policy for the coming year. Although a more complete report of the overall conference and the 57 motions presented (including two emergency motions, and three motions that were remitted) is available through the union, a few topics will be of particular interest to AAUK members.


Brexit: Changing Status

Brexit. There’s no escaping it at the moment; as time ticks ever closer to what may (or may not) be the UK’s departure date from the EU, it is still uncertain the exact impact this will have on everyone’s lives.

However, as a performer and member of AAUK, which by definition means you are a foreign national, it is vital to be informed as to how your working life may be affected, depending on the passports or visas you hold. Here is a quick general run-down on what to expect, assuming you also hold a US or Canadian passport.