Rights of EU workers in the UK after Brexit

22 May 2018

The UK government has updated its guidance on the rights of EU citizens to live and work in the UK.

It reflects the agreement reached recently between the UK and the EU on the Brexit implementation period which will run between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020. The guidance can be found here.

It is intended that the free movement of people between the EU and the UK will continue during the implementation period. EU citizens who have lived in the UK for 5 years by 31 March 2020 can apply for settled status. This would allow them to continue to live and work in the UK.

Those arriving before Brexit, but who won’t have been in the UK for 5 years can apply for a temporary residence permit until they are able to apply for settled status. Those arriving during the implementation period will also need to register.

EU citizens arriving after 31 December 2020 will be subject to the future immigration system which has not yet been announced. The guidance says that there is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage. It is also worth remembering that the agreement on citizens, as with everything in the Brexit negotiations, depends on the UK finalising the whole withdrawal agreement with the EU.

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