The United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union since 1973, back then it was called the European Community. Brexit means Britain (UK) will exit the European Union on the 29 March 2019. What does this mean to EU citizens working in the UK and how it will change?
European Union nationals can continue to come and work in the UK as before, until 31 December 2020.
What has happened so far?
On 24 June 2016 according to the national referendum result, the British people voted to leave the European Union.
On 29 March 2017 Britain applied to leave the union by triggering Article 50. The European Union announced a two-year negotiation period.
Britain is expected to exit the EU on the 29th of March 2019 with a two year transition period that will finish on the 31st of December 2020. Until then the same rules apply as before in respect of working and living in the UK for EU nationals.
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What agreement has been made so far?
The UK has reached an agreement with the EU to provide EU citizens and their families access to health care, subsidies and pensions. Close family members living outside the UK will still be entitled to join them in the future.
The new registration from March 2019
The new settled and pre-settled status registration system will be fully open by March 2019. You will be able to apply by 30 June 2021.
The new registration is free.
EU citizens who will have been living in the United Kingdom for 5 years until 31 December 2020 may apply for a “settled status” (indefinite leave to stay). You will be able to apply by 30 June 2021.
Those who will arrive before 31 December 2020 but will have not been living in the UK for 5 years, will have the opportunity to request a pre-settled status until the 5 years has passed and can apply for settled status. You will be able to apply for a pre-settled status until 30 June 2021.
Family members who join EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020 may also apply for a settled status in the United Kingdom after 5 years.
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