Free Movement to end for EU Migrants in the UK on 31st October
The government have stated that if the UK leaves the EU in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, then free movement rights for EU migrants will stop immediately.
Under Mrs May, there were two main options for EU migrants exercising their free movement rights in the UK in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. These were they could stay in the UK for three months before having to apply for longer stay or the free movement rules would extend for another two years (until January 2021).
However, Boris Johnson PM has scrapped this and has stated that free movement rights will end after October 31st 2019. Those currently in the UK for work or study must apply to the Settled Status Scheme. This is either for settled status (if they have fulfilled the residence requirement of five years) or pre-settled status (for those who have not yet fulfilled the five-year residence requirement but are planning to either work or study in the UK).
As a ‘no -deal Brexit’ is looking more and more likely and therefore there being more uncertainty surrounding the UK’s immigration system, it is necessary for EEA citizens to apply for their status as quickly as possible. This is largely due to the fact that no legislation has been passed to clarify what happens to those who have exercised their free movement rights in a post- Brexit UK.
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At NA Law Solicitors, we are experienced and specialise in all immigration matters. If you are an EEA citizen and confused about Brexit, we can help you navigate your way to determine which settlement scheme is best. Contact us today for a free case assessment.