The Government has reached an agreement on EU citizens’ rights, which relates specifically to EU nationals who arrive (or who are already) in the UK prior to the Brexit date (29 March 2019).
- EU citizens who, by 29 March 2019, have been continuously and lawfully living in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’.
- EU citizens who arrive by 29 March 2019 but have not been living in the UK lawfully for 5 years when the UK leaves 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.
- Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
- Close family members will be able to join EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019.
- During the 21 month transition period (ending on 31 December 2020), EU nationals' rights will be protected and maintained and the free movement of workers between the UK and Europe will continue. This will also apply to EU nationals who arrive in the UK during the transition period and those individuals will be able to use that time to count towards settled status.
- All EU nationals who arrive in the UK during the transition period will have 6 months from the end of the transition period (until 30 June 2021) to apply for the relevant residence documentation.