Today 26 June 2017, the Home Office has published details on post-Brexit rights of the EU citizens.
The UK government’s offer for EU citizens is:
- People who have been continuously living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means these citizens will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and apply for British Citizenship
- People who arrived before the cut-off date, but won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave 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.
- People who arrive after the cut-off date will be able to apply for permission to remain after the UK leaves the EU, under the future immigration arrangements for EU citizens.
- Family dependents who are living with or join EU citizens before the UK’s exit will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. In these cases, the cut-off date won’t apply.
It is important to see what the new rules will be all about which is likely to be published soon.
You can contact Visa and Migration Ltd for expert Advice of the EU citizen rights.