The Home Office has confirmed the immigration arrangements for EU citizens in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The arrangements will apply to EU citizens and their family members who arrive in the UK after Brexit, on 31 October 2019, when free movement officially ends.
EU citizens and their family members who are resident here in the UK before 23:00 hours on the 31 October 2019, are eligible to apply to the EU settlement scheme to obtain their immigration status. This has been open since March 2019 and so far, has received over one million applications.
EU citizens already here before 31 October, still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU settlement scheme if we leave the European Union without a deal. Up until then, they can continue to work in the UK by showing their passport or national identity card (to be phased out during 2020 – more detail to follow).
Further information on the EU settlement scheme, including employer resources can be found on the GOV.UK
EU citizens coming to the UK after 31 October 2019
Post-Brexit, EU citizens coming to the UK for the first time will have the option to apply for a 36-month temporary immigration status, referred to as European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR).
Applications to this scheme will be simple and EU citizens will be able to apply after arrival in the UK. There will be no cost for applying.
If an individual doesn’t apply for Euro TLR and wishes to stay in the UK beyond December 2020, they will need to apply to the new points-based immigration system. If they wish to apply to the new system earlier than their Euro TLR runs out, they can do.
Points-based immigration system
The government plans to introduce a new points-based immigration system from January 2021. The Migration Advisory Committee has been tasked with reviewing the Australian and other international systems, to help advise the Home Office what the UK can introduce.
More information can be found on the GOV.UK