Arrangements for EU citizens in the event of a no deal

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The government has outlined arrangements for EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens arriving in the UK post 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal.

In a no deal scenario, the government will seek to end free movement of people as soon as possible, but has put in place temporary transitional arrangements to minimise disruption and provide continuity for businesses and EU citizens.

From 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020, EU and EEA (including Swiss) citizens and their family members, will be able to enter the UK as they do now and stay for up to three months to visit, work or study.

Those who wish to stay longer than three months will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain which will be valid for three years. They will be subjected to identity, criminality and security checks before being granted permission to stay. Fees for this application will be set out a later date.

Non-EU/EEA family members who wish to accompany an EU/EEA citizen under these arrangements will need to apply in advance for a family permit.

Those who wish to stay longer than three years will then need to make a further application under the future immigration system which will begin from 2021.

This does not apply to any EU/EEA citizens already living in the UK before 29 March 2019. They will be able to apply to the EU Settlement scheme.

Irish citizens will not need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain and will continue to have the right to enter and live in the UK under the Common Travel Area arrangements.

Further information on European Temporary Leave to Remain can be found on the government website.


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