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What should EU citizens expect after Brexit?

What should EU citizens expect after Brexit?

Thousands of EU citizens who have secured permanent residency in the UK face further major upheaval as they will be forced to apply for settled status post-Brexit. The details emerged after Theresa May published in full her proposals to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

And EU citizens who have applied for a permanent residence document will be angered by the news that they will be forced to redo it, albeit in a streamlined, quicker and easier way. 

EU citizens will be eligible for settled status if they have lived continuously in the UK for five years, but the cut-off date has not been yet specified. The Government’s papers state that the cut off date will be “no earlier than March 29 2017 and no later than the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union”.Brexit

The UK government’s offer for EU citizens is:

People who have been continuously living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means these citizens will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and apply for British citizenship.

  • People who arrived before the cut-off date, but won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5 year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
  • People who arrive after the cut-off date will be able to apply for permission to remain after the UK leaves the EU, under the future immigration arrangements for EU citizens.
  • Family dependants who are living with or join EU citizens before the UK’s exit will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. In these cases the cut-off date won’t apply.

The cut-off date will be agreed during the negotiations but  the Government is clear that it shouldn’t be earlier than 29 March 2017 (the date Article 50 was triggered) or later than the date the UK leaves the EU.

The UK Government intends that EU citizens with settled status and temporary permission to stay will continue to have broadly the same access as they currently do to healthcare, education, benefits and pensions. More details are available in the policy paper:
benefits, pensions and social security contributions
public services

The Government plans to launch a scheme for people to apply for settled status before the UK leaves the EU, so people who would like to apply can do so at an early stage. They will ask EU citizens to make an application to the Home Office for documentation to confirm their new status.

The Government is currently looking at what the future immigration system for EU citizens arriving after the cut-off date will look like.

If you’re an EU citizen working in the UK or a UK business that employs an EU citizen, you don’t need to do anything now. There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK before they leave the EU.

After the UK leaves, EU citizens will need to apply for a document to prove they have permission to legally work in the UK. There will be plenty of time for them to do this, and the Government will work closely with businesses and others to look at how they will be affected by these changes.

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iNews article EU citizens with permanent UK residency ‘must reapply post-Brexit’

Independent article on settled status

EU nationals can sing up for Government updates on the status and requirements for living in the UK here