With Brexit moving forward, many British citizens who live abroad or may live abroad are wondering about laws on moving abroad after Brexit.
The Institute for Government has posted some of the most up-to-date information regarding these common questions.
The good news for British citizens is that the UK government recognizes a transition period which will protect British citizens who are living currently in Europe or may be planning to move to Europe.
Governed by the Withdrawal Agreement, this document guarantees that British citizens who are legally residing in an EU state will continue to have the same rights.
They can live, work, and travel similarly to before Brexit occurred.
During this time, British citizens will have to apply for residence status in the country where they live.
They will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for this status, although some countries may extend this deadline.
Each state has to set up their own settlement scheme for British residents, working with the British government to come to an agreement.
After the transition period ends, British citizens who plan to move to EU states will have a more challenging time.
The automatic right to move and live in the European Union will not be possible after the transition period has ended.
British citizens who may be seeking to live in these countries will have to apply to the country’s immigration rules, similarly to what they would do if moving to any foreign country.
Additionally, after interesting in working in the EU after December 2020, people will have to ensure that their professional qualifications are going to be recognised in the EU.
Since the transition for this is still ongoing and each country in the EU may have different regulations, all British citizens living abroad should be in close contact with the British and local government to keep up to date with the regulations.