What has changed
The UK government and European Union (EU) have agreed on a deal for EU citizens and UK nationals, the EU Settlement Scheme. If approved by Parliament, the EU Settlement Scheme will ensure that after the UK leaves the EU on March 29, 2019, EU citizens, EU citizens residing with their families in the UK, and UK citizens residing in the EU can continue their residence without disruption.
The Parliament vote on the Brexit deal previously scheduled for December 11, 2018, has been postponed but should take place before December 21, 2018.
More details regarding the deal for EU citizens and UK nationals can be found below.
Who is affected
What to expect
In a Statement of Intent issued on June 21, 2018, the UK government previously published details about a possible plan in the event an agreement would be reached in the new EU Settlement Scheme. In this EU Settlement Scheme, EU citizens would be eligible to apply for pre-/settled status if they entered the UK before December 31, 2020, and had no serious criminal convictions. This EU Settlement Scheme is scheduled to be fully operational by March 30, 2019, and also proposes to give EU citizens and their family members a ‘grace period’ until June 30, 2021, to apply for pre-/settled status.
In the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the UK government guarantees that EU citizens who reside in the UK by March 29, 2019, will have their rights fully protected. However, if there is a no deal scenario, there will not be an implementation period for EU citizens. EU citizens will only have up until December 2020 to complete an application under the no deal Settlement Scheme scenario.
Close family members (i.e., spouses and children) of EU citizens with settled status can be joined in the UK until March 29, 2022, only if the relationship existed by March 29, 2019, and continued to exist on the date of the application. After March 29, 2022, close family members will need to apply under the UK Immigration Rules to join EU citizen family members. EU citizens and their family members lawfully residing in the UK by March 29, 2019 will still be able to access benefits and services.
The UK government will continue to call upon the EU and the Member States to uphold their commitments to UK nationals living in the EU.