From the early days of these unprecedented events – Newland Chase has been at the forefront of preparing companies and their employees in the UK and the EU for the UK’s potential withdrawal from the European Union. Through direct client guidance, presentations to clients and industry organisations, online webinars, white papers, and weekly alerts – our immigration experts have supported our clients with the latest information and actionable advice. In this site, you’ll find the essential tools that you need to successfully navigate this rapidly changing landscape.
On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum asking voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if they wanted to remain a member of, or to leave, the EU. 51.89% of UK voters voted to leave the EU.
The UK government triggered the Article 50 process, establishing an exit date of 29 March 2019. On 25 November 2018, the EU and the UK government endorsed a draft Withdrawal Agreement and an outline Political Declaration on the future relationship. However, the agreement was rejected in votes in the UK House of Commons on 15 January 2019 and 12 March 2019.
On 21 March 2019, the Prime Minister and the EU agreed an extension of the Article 50 period, until 22 May 2019 if the Withdrawal Agreement was approved by Parliament by 29 March 2019 (it was not approved); or until 12 April 2019, by which the UK had to present the EU with a way forward or leave with no deal.
On 10 April 2019, the EU and the UK agreed a new extension, until 31 October 2019.
There are still several possible outcomes:
- The UK and the EU could ratify the Withdrawal Agreement by 31 October 2019. In this case, the UK would leave the EU in an orderly manner on the first day of the month following ratification; or
- There could be a no-deal Brexit on 1 November 2019, if the UK fails to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement by 31 October 2019; or
- The UK government could request another extension of the Article 50 period before 31 October 2019; or
- The UK government could unilaterally revoke Article 50, effectively cancelling Brexit.
In the sections below, we look at possible outcomes for EU citizens and British nationals, with and without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement.
If the Withdrawal Agreement is eventually ratified, free movement will continue until the end of the transition period (31 December 2020 unless extended).
Note that the UK has reached separate agreements with the EEA EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), as well as with Switzerland, on protecting citizens’ rights after Brexit.
EU Citizens in the UK
- All EU citizens arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to register through the EU Settlement Scheme;
- Family members in a relationship with the EU citizen before the end of the transition period will be able to join those with settled status at any future date;
- New immigration rules, applying to EU nationals arriving after transition period, should come into effect by January 2021. EEA workers will be treated the same as non-European nationals under the existing points-based system, but with some amendments to the system. The government’s proposal is analysed in detail here.
- Family members of an EU citizen arriving after 31 December 2020 will be subject to a future immigration scheme.
UK Nationals in the EU
- The rights of UK nationals resident in the EU before the end of the transition period, and of their family members, will be similarly protected, though registration schemes will vary between members states.
EU Citizens in the UK
On 6 December 2018, the UK government published a policy paper outlining its proposals for protecting EU citizens’ rights in case the UK leaves the EU without an agreed and ratified Withdrawal Agreement.
In a no-deal Brexit scenario, with no transition period, the EU Settlement Scheme will still operate but the cut-off dates will be brought forward:
- Only EU citizens already in the UK by Brexit day will qualify, and they will have to apply by 31 December 2020;
- Family members in a relationship with the EU citizen before Brexit day will be able to join those with settled status until 29 March 2022 (to be confirmed).
Other differences in the case of no deal include:
- The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) would not have jurisdiction as regards EU27 citizens in the UK (under the Withdrawal Agreement it would have residual jurisdiction for eight years after the end of the transition period;
- EU citizens would have no right to an appeal to an immigration judge.
On 28 January 2019, the UK Home Office published a policy paper outlining its proposals for how it will treat EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit.
According to these proposals, subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary legislation in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement on Brexit day, temporary, transitional arrangements will apply until 31 December 2020, after which a new immigration regime will be implemented. This means the UK would unilaterally grant EU citizens arriving after Brexit largely the same rights as entrants before Brexit, until the new immigration rules take effect, including the right to enter, stay, work and study, bring family and access benefits, only not backed by the legal authority of the European Court of Justice.
However, as the EU Settlement Scheme would not apply to new arrivals (in a no-deal scenario), their long-term rights would depend on a further unilateral offer from the UK, bilateral agreements with individual member states or a future relationship agreement with the EU.
See our analysis of these no-deal temporary transitional arrangements.
UK Nationals in the EU
If the UK leaves the EU on Brexit day without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately:
- UK nationals wishing to visit the EU for up to 90 days will likely be able to do so without a visa, provided that the UK reciprocates for EU nationals (subject to the necessary legislation).
- Falling under the visa-free regime means UK nationals will need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation prior to a trip to the EU, after 1 January 2021.
- UK nationals wishing to enter an EU member state for stays of more than 90 days will require a visa.
- UK nationals wishing to enter an EU member state for work will need to apply for work authorisation, like other third-country nationals. They may qualify for short-term work permit exemptions where available.
- UK nationals already resident in an EU member state by Brexit day will likely be able to stay and continue to work if they register in time, although this will depend on unilateral arrangements made by individual member states, which in turn may depend on a reciprocal offer by the UK.
- UK nationals travelling to the Schengen area (not Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus or Romania) will have to have at least six months left on their passports from the date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.
- Any extra months over ten years on a passport (if it was renewed before expiry) may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to Schengen countries.
EU member states are in the process of establishing national arrangements for UK nationals in the case of a no-deal Brexit, often with the proviso that a reciprocal offer by the UK is confirmed. Please see our separate article highlighting these national measures here.
With the complex, fast-changing nature of Brexit, and the potential impact on our clients – Newland Chase has formed a dedicated Brexit Team to address our clients’ concerns and support them throughout this turbulent time. Newland Chase’s team of qualified consultants possesses industry-leading expertise in the complexities of the laws and processes for visas and immigration both in the UK and the various EU member states.
Our professionals offer bespoke solutions for businesses of every size and every industry. Our specialists will work with you to ensure that you, your business, and your workforce receive fully tailored services designed for your particular needs.
The Newland Chase Team
Senior Vice President of Global ImmigrationSophy.King@newlandchase.com
A recognized industry leader in global immigration, Sophy King leads Newland Chase’s regional immigration centres in London, Houston, and Singapore, as well as overseeing our partner network management team, immigration software implementation team, global knowledge management team, and global client services team. Sophy and her teams employ a regional model that is supported by Newland Chase’s national offices and global partners and strengthened by the company’s proprietary case and knowledge management systems. Sophy is a regular speaker at immigration conferences and seminars and a frequent contributor to white papers and articles in industry publications.
Currently based in the UK, Sophy has previously lived in Russia, China, Japan, and Spain. Sophy has worked in the global immigration industry for 15 years, starting as an Assistant Immigration Consultant for a well-known global service provider in 2003 and working her way up to Director of Consulting & Compliance. She then took the position of Director of Knowledge Management for a competing firm, before founding Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd in 2011, which became part of the Newland Chase group in 2016. She graduated from Cambridge University in the UK with an MA (cantab.) in Oriental Studies (Chinese).
Vice President, Senior Global Immigration CounselJason.Rogers@newlandchase.com
Jason L. Rogers, BA JD, is Newland Chase’s Senior Global Immigration Counsel. He is responsible for overseeing client immigration programs and providing high level consultation responses. Jason applies his diversified depth of knowledge of corporate immigration to produce complex and innovative immigration solutions that meet the needs of his clients. Jason has been practicing law since 2001 and has spent the past 12 years concentrating in the area of global immigration and corporate compliance. After graduation from Law School, Jason served as a Law Clerk, to the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Chancery Division, Essex County in New Jersey for a year. He practiced law as an Associate at a reputable law firm in New Jersey, before moving to the role that would capture his interest in Global Immigration.
He joined Ernst & Young LLP, in 2005 and managed their Compliance Coordination Group. He was responsible for reviewing and creating immigration policies with the General Counsel. He moved to the NY office of E&Y as the Global Visa & Immigration Manager in 2006, where he was responsible for drafting and coordinating the work permit applications for E&Y’s entire expatriate population. In 2008, Jason joined Littler Mendelson, PC as an Associate Global Immigration Counsel in their Atlanta office where he was responsible for managing Fortune 500 companies’ Global Immigration Programs. Jason is a graduate of the JD Seton Hall University School of Law and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Managing Director, UKtony.email@example.com
Tony jointly leads the firm’s extensive corporate immigration practice in the UK with Darren Faife. A recognized expert in UK immigration, Tony has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration, specialising in all aspects of UK immigration for companies operating in a diverse array of industry sectors. He began his career with a seven-year tenure as Executive Officer for the Home Office. Tony has had particular success in working with large multinational corporations and investors on employment- and economic-based immigration routes to the UK.
Managing Director, UKdarren.firstname.lastname@example.org
Together with Tony Butterworth, Darren leads Newland Chase’s extensive corporate immigration practice in the UK. Darren has devoted his career to UK corporate immigration for multinational companies and foreign entrepreneurs operating in the UK. Prior to joining the firm, Darren founded and served as owner and director of a successful London based immigration firm for more than 20 years, before its acquisition by Newland Chase. A frequent speaker at industry events, Darren has a particular passion for supporting the UK’s technology start-up sector through facilitating the immigration of foreign talent.
Annette Wright specialises in UK corporate immigration for companies employing foreign talent in the UK. With more than 25 years’ experience in UK immigration, Annette has devoted her career to the complexities of recruiting and employing foreign nationals in the UK. Prior to joining the company, she spent 15 years as a corporate immigration consultant for another major global immigration provider. Annette began her career with an eleven-year tenure in the Home Office.
Client Services Director, EMEAmehibe.email@example.com
As Client Services Director, EMEA, Mehibe Hill leads our European Client Services Team. She and her team are responsible for ensuring that Newland Chase clients receive top quality, innovative and consultative service throughout their engagement with us. As well as carrying out regular account reviews and health checks, our Client Services team works with our operational teams to scope and develop service offerings to meet client needs. Mehibe brings ten years of change management experience running large complex projects in FTSE 100 companies, including compliance implementation of Posted Worker Notifications. She holds a LLB Law degree from University College London, her LPC solicitor’s qualification, and a Master’s degree in Business and Sustainability from Imperial College London.
Raquel Gómez Salas
Counsel, Global Immigration (Europe)firstname.lastname@example.org
As Counsel for Global Immigration, Raquel Gómez Salas specializes in European Union immigration, consulting with corporations on employee immigration and mobility, ensuring compliance with changing EU immigration laws, and overseeing necessary in-country filings in the EU. An immigration lawyer, Raquel has 15 years’ experience in corporate immigration in countries throughout Europe, including managing and training a team of solicitors and legal consultants. Prior to joining the company, she worked as an immigration attorney to two firms and as an independent immigration consultant. Raquel speaks three languages fluently: English, French, and Spanish. She took her law degree at the University of Extremadura in Spain in 1997, studying her fourth year at the University Paris X Nanterre and followed this with a postgraduate degree in the EU legal system, doctorate programmes in EU community law and international private law and various courses in employment law, labour relations, and expatriate programme management.
Counsel, Global Immigration (EMEA)email@example.com
As Counsel for Global Immigration (EMEA), Marc Smith advises UK and multinational corporations on their corporate immigration and mobility strategies for employees in the United Kingdom and European Union, ensuring compliance with UK and EU law. A lawyer by training, with more than two decades’ experience in consulting and providing legal services to corporations, Marc excels at international law, immigration law, and legal and business policy analysis.
Jaana has over nine years’ experience of UK immigration law and she is accredited at Level 2 through the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. As an Immigration Manager, Jaana leads a small team on several high-profile corporate client accounts. She has extensive experience in preparing complex corporate visa and sponsor licence applications under Tier 2 of the points-based system, as well as dealing with compliance issues. Jaana leads her team on advising and assisting with applications for indefinite leave to remain, and EEA and private client applications, including spouse/civil partner and naturalisation/registration applications. Jaana is accomplished at delivering client training on UK immigration law and sponsor licence compliance issues.
Business Development Managerdhanjaye.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dhanjaye is responsible for new business into the UK and EMEA regions for Newland Chase, and has over 14 years’ corporate immigration experience, having worked as a Senior Advisor and Manager for Newland Chase and other large global immigration companies. Dhanjaye’s thorough understanding of the complexities of global immigration allows him to grasp client needs and ensure a practical approach is provided to new engagements. A graduate of Queen Mary, University of London with a Bachelors of European Law and the University Pantheon Assas with a Superior Certificate of French Law and International Business Management Diploma, Dhanjaye retains his qualification with the OISC to advise on immigration matters at the most complex levels.
Nicky holds an LLB Law degree from the University of Wolverhampton and subsequently spent five years at a small boutique law firm in Croydon. After a short spell in the relocation industry, Nicky joined a successful London-based immigration firm, before its acquisition by Newland Chase. A Senior Immigration Manager, Nicky heads a team of advisors, overseeing a large volume of accounts in sectors ranging from automotive, engineering, software and finance and investment.
Rowen leads a team of consultants and Right to Work administrators, providing immigration advice and assistance to large multinational corporate clients predominantly in the banking and manufacturing industries. Having worked in UK immigration for more than 15 years, firstly with the Home Office and then as a corporate immigration advisor, Rowen manages high volume accounts, specialising in Tier 2 and sponsor compliance.
Jindy spent the first ten years of her career in the banking industry and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Prior to joining Newland Chase, Jindy worked at a London-based firm of solicitors with a concentration on applications for spouses, ancestry, naturalisation and indefinite leave to remain. With over 14 years’ experience in UK immigration, Jindy heads up our Private Client team, specialising in both UK corporate immigration and private client matters. Jindy was awarded her LLB Law degree from Brunel University, her Legal Practice Course Certification from The College of Law and her Professional Skills Course Certification from BPP University.
Martin has over eight years’ experience of UK immigration. He assists a wide range of corporate clients ranging from multinationals, SMEs and start-ups, and provides corporate immigration advice across various industries. Martin is very experienced with complex private immigration work including loss of licence appeals, entrepreneurs, family immigration, discretionary applications, European immigration, citizenship and indefinite leave to remain applications. Martin regularly provides training sessions and workshops on immigration compliance matters, process improvement and immigration law updates.
Diana has over 10 years’ experience in UK immigration and has extensive specialist knowledge in dealing with corporate immigration. A speaker of English and Spanish, Diana manages several large key corporate immigration accounts and assists employers with strategic immigration business solutions and planning. She assists with creating and implementing processes to enable employers to remain compliant with their sponsorship duties. Additionally, Diana handles private client applications such as indefinite leave to remain, UK ancestry, spouse visas under Appendix FM, EEA applications and British citizenship.
Sherry Mossavat is a qualified barrister with 16 years’ UK immigration experience. With her team of consultants and consultant support, Sherry manages accounts for our corporate clients in the sectors of management consultancy, banking & financial, IT, pharmaceutical, higher education, and wealth management. Sherry graduated from Bournemouth University with an LLB (Hons) in Business Law in 2003 and was called to the Bar in 2004. Qualified to OISC Level 3, Sherry is a fluent speaker of English and Farsi.
Jo’s main focus is on UK corporate immigration, assisting clients with navigating the Tier 2 sponsor management system and preventing illegal working in the UK. Jo represents a number of clients in a wide range of sectors, and specialises in applications made under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) category. Jo joined Newland Chase in May 2013 having started her career with a boutique legal practice specialising in both private and corporate immigration matters.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme launched in full on 30 March 2019. From that date, EU nationals exercising the right to reside and work in the UK will need to apply for updated status under the new scheme.
We understand that it is vital to our clients to ensure the continued rights of their EU nationals employees, and that navigating this new system is no small undertaking. Newland Chase therefore offers a comprehensive set of services to support and minimize the impact of Brexit for both corporate and private clients alike.
We’ll work with you to tailor our services to your needs so that you can approach the new scheme with confidence and clarity. For businesses of every size, in every sector – from those looking to outsource the process from start to finish, to those who just require the occasional guiding hand – we’ll find the right settlement solution for you.
- Start-to-Finish Support – A fully managed service to assist your EU national employees and family members navigate through the Settlement Scheme. Newland Chase will contact, assess, and provide a recommendation to each applicant, provide instruction on the process and required documentation, and assist with the application. To ensure your employees are fully compliant, Newland Chase’s immigration management technology platform will also track and report the progress for each employee, group, or the employee population as a whole and retain the documentation confirming the updated settled status for your access.
- Application Preparation – Newland Chase consultants will assess, prepare, and process the application from start to finish for an EU national and their family members.
- One-to-One Assistance – Direct access to our EU specialists and application support team at your location. Visiting your sites to hold one-to-one sessions with your employees, we will provide personalized consultation and in-person assistance with the submission of settlement applications.
- Instructional Seminars and Webinars – Whether in-person or online, our live workshops guide your employees through the process of submitting an application and the standard documentation required for both settled and pre-settled status, as well as for those already holding permanent residence. Workshops can be tailored to the requirements of your EU national employees and can be easily paired with one-to-one assistance for additional consultation. For clients who want maximum instruction but with minimal disruption, our workshops can be presented in an online webinar format, allowing your employees to join at a time and place convenient for them.
Contact your Newland Chase account manager to discuss how we can best assist your EU national employees and their families to update their status and protect their rights to work and reside in the UK.
With the anticipated end of freedom of movement for UK nationals in the EU (at the end of the Withdrawal Agreement transition period, or after a no-deal Brexit), obtaining permission to live and work in an EU member state will become much more complicated.
After the transition period, or after a no-deal Brexit, immigration rules for UK nationals will vary depending on the host member state, the date of arrival in the EU, and the terms of the future relationship eventually agreed between the EU and the UK.
What Should Employers Keep in Mind?
Affected employers can protect the rights of their UK national employees to live and work in EU member states by assisting them in fulfilling the new national requirement applicable to them. In addition, employers can plan their future workforce needs in the EU.
Employers need to consider various employee scenarios, including UK nationals on local contracts in the EU, those assigned temporarily to the EU, business travellers and cross-border commuters.
- To avoid problems in a no-deal Brexit scenario, ensure all UK employees resident in an EU member state (and EU citizens resident in the UK) and their family members have submitted registration or residence applications (where applicable) by Brexit day.
- Affected employees should begin gathering documents in support of possible future immigration applications.
- If possible, bring forward any planned movements of UK nationals to the EU.
- Be prepared for possible lengthy immigration application requirements in any post-Brexit scenario.
- Newland Chase has developed an extensive end-to-end service offering to assist employers in supporting their UK national employees in the EU.
- We can run individual immigration status checks on all affected employees and provide required and recommended actions and deadlines for all possible scenarios.
- We can also manage all required immigration applications – including registrations and residence applications for employees and their families, work permit applications, and posted worker notifications.
- We can provide training programmes and materials for HR staff and for all affected employees.
Contact your Newland Chase account manager to discuss how we can best assist your UK national employees and their families to update their status and protect their rights to work and reside in the EU.
Keeping a keen eye on Brexit developments, and ensuring that they are equipped with the very latest breaking news on what Brexit means for migration, our immigration specialists are frequently invited to speak about Brexit at industry events and working groups. Newland Chase also hosts regular events for our clients delivering the most up to date information and guidance – this includes live interactive webinars which are available on-demand below.
Our analysts have also published a number of white paper and guides; please download these below.
Live Brexit Guide: Brexit Overview – What Happens Next?
4 June 2019
If the UK leaves the EU, whether on 31 October (or later) – UK nationals will immediately become third-country (non-EU) nationals.
Live Brexit Guide: No-Deal Measure for UK Nationals in the EU
12 April 2019
No-Deal Brexit Measure for UK Nationals in the EU.
15 February 2019
Current Status for EU and UK Nationals in the Event of Either an Orderly or Disorderly Brexit With the United Kingdom’s Parliament now handing the Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit withdrawal deal three significant defeats, and attempts to renegotiate with the European Union seemingly going nowhere – a “no-deal” Brexit on 29 March 2019 is now becoming an increasing possibility. As things stand now, the road forward appears to be a choice between a no-deal Brexit on 29 March or postponing Brexit beyond 29 March in hopes of eventually getting a deal.
Prepare to Brexit: 78 Days and Counting…
10 January 2019
With the vote in the UK Parliament on the controversial Brexit withdrawal deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union now slated for the week of 14 January, chances of its passage look slim, and chances of a no-deal Brexit are rapidly increasing. The withdrawal of the UK from the EU is now expected on 29 March 2019 – unless the UK’s Article 50 notice is extended. Whether there is a deal or no-deal, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU impacts all aspects of the relationship – including immigration, permanent residency, visas, and work permits.
Racing to Brexit: Six Months to Go
1 October 2018
Six Months to Go Where We Are, What We Know, and What You Should Do… Six Months from Brexit Day. With the 29 March 2019 Brexit Day just six months away, Newland Chase gives this quick snapshot of where we are, what we know, and what you should do when it comes to immigration and mobility.
UK Nationals in the EU: Brexit Strategy Planning | On-Demand Webinar
Newland Chase understands the challenges that businesses and their UK national employees living across the EU face. Whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement, this 60-minute webinar will equip companies and their employees with practical knowledge, up-to-date information, and concrete action steps on:
- The impact of Brexit on your UK national employees’ residence status;
- Steps to take now to protect your employees’ immigration status; and
- Answers to your questions in a live, interactive format.
Remaining in the UK after Brexit: Essential Settlement Guidance for EU Nationals | On-Demand Webinar
In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll gain practical knowledge and up-to-date information on:
- Brexit, the end of Freedom of Movement, and the impact on the rights of EU nationals in the UK;
- How-to instructions and guidance on using the new online EU Settlement system;
- Qualifications for Settled versus Pre-Settled status;
- Application and documentation requirements;
- How employers can best assist their EU national employees
Racing to Brexit: 6 Months to Go | On-Demand Webinar
Our UK immigration experts will cover:
- Review and perspective of the key events of the past 2 years and the events to watch for over the next 6 months;
- Steps the UK government has taken to ensure the immigration status of EU nationals in the UK;
- Steps the various EU governments are taking to ensure the immigration status of UK nationals in the EU;
- Overview of recent publication of The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) findings; and
- Steps companies need to be doing now to protect the rights and status of their EU employees in the future.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon outlines the process for a member state to withdraw from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017, launching a two-year period for the UK to leave the EU.
Originally 29 March 2019. On 21 March 2019, the Prime Minister and the EU agreed an extension of the Article 50 period, until 22 May 2019 if the Withdrawal Agreement was approved by Parliament by 29 March 2019 (it was not approved); or until 12 April 2019, by which the UK had to present the EU with a way forward or leave with no deal. On 10 April 2019, the EU and the UK agreed a new extension, until 31 October 2019.
The EEA was formed on 1 January 1994, amalgamating the (then) 25 independent states of the European Union and the European Free Trade Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
The EU is the political and economic union of 28 countries.
A voting procedure held on 23 June 2016 in which voters were asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?” 51.89% of voters voted to leave the EU.
This scheme opened on 30 March 2019. In the event of an exit with a withdrawal agreement, EU citizens resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will need to apply by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. Their family members in a relationship by the same date, will be able to join them at any time in the future.
In the event of a no-deal exit, EU citizens resident in the UK by Brexit Day will need to apply by 31 December 2020 to continue living in the UK. Their family members in a relationship by Brexit Day will be able to join them within three years.
A successful application under the scheme will result in either settled or pre-settled status.
EU citizens are permitted to live, work and study in any EU member state without requiring permission to work or study in that member state.
See Transition Period.
“No-deal” Brexit means the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place.
Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals living in the UK, who do not yet qualify for settled status, may be granted pre-settled status. Successful applicants will be permitted to remain in the UK until they are eligible to apply for settled status, usually five years.
A free travel area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished internal borders and have a common visa policy, allowing travellers to move freely within the Schengen Area. The Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals living in the UK may apply for settled status. This is a grant of indefinite leave to remain in the UK and retains the same access to work, study, healthcare and other benefits as the rules currently permit.
A period from Brexit day up to and including 31 December 2020, the transition (or implementation) period is intended to allow both the UK and the EU time to make final agreements on their relationship. There would be no transition period as a result of a no-deal Brexit.
The separation agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU, this covers three main areas of the UK’s departure from the EU:
• The UK’s financial settlement with the EU;
• The post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and of UK citizens in the EU;
• A so-called ‘backstop’ to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, if alternative arrangements preventing such a hard border have not been agreed between the UK and the EU before the end of the transition period.
Brexit Live Events
Our immigration specialists are frequently invited to speak about Brexit at industry events and working groups. Newland Chase also hosts regular live events for our clients – delivering the most up-to-date information and guidance in an interactive format with opportunities to immediately address client questions. If you would like to attend one of these live events, RSVP by clicking the event’s “Register Now” button below. We look forward to seeing you in person!
Brexit and Beyond
29 April 2019
Newland Chase, London, UK
We are delighted to host this event at 1 Angel Court where we will be joined by a senior policy official from the Home Office, to discuss the new UK immigration system following Brexit. The event will also feature sessions on EU Brexit Strategy Planning for UK nationals working and living in EU countries, and an overview of the current Irish immigration regime.
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