Brexit - EU Citizens arriving in the UK during the implementation period

Brexit - EU Citizens arriving in the UK during the implementation period

The UK and EU are currently negotiating the terms of an implementation (transition) period to commence after the date of withdrawal from the EU and for this to continue until the date that permanent arrangements for UK-EU relations begin.

The Government has now set out the arrangements that it proposes should apply to EU citizens arriving in the UK during this period. The proposal states that, during the implementation (transition) period, EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK on the same basis as they currently do but that they will be required to register if they choose to remain in the UK for more than three months. The length of the implementation period is yet to be agreed, with the UK seeking a period of at least two years from the date of exit (currently scheduled to be 29 March 2019) with the EU seeking that this period ends in December 2020.

Beyond this, the Government has confirmed that it is currently considering a range of options for a new immigration framework that will apply after the transition period and that it will set out the proposals or this in autumn 2018.

This information is based on an update from UCEA; please continue to monitor Government webpages for updates regarding the UK’s exit from the EU.

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