You can still enter the UK with your family before 30th June 2021.

What happens to Portuguese descendent Goans in UK after Brexit? If you’re confused, let’s start from scratch.

EU nationals residing in UK after Brexit negotiations began were a nervous lot. But there was one group of non EU nationals who were more nervous – these are the Portuguese descendent Goans still in India who are eligible for Portuguese nationality and family members of EU nationals already in the UK residing in India. who are looking to migrate to the UK by virtue of the EEA Family Permit Application.

With the deadline for an exit set for 29 March 2019, their fears may not be unfounded. Whilst the Home Office has publicized a settlement scheme that details the status of the EU nationals and their non-EU dependents pending the cut-off date and the transitional arrangements being in place. There remains anxiety in its implementation and given the Home Office’s track record in rolling out major initiatives [this may not be completely unfounded].

In the meantime if you’re a Goan with evidence of Portuguese ancestry, you might not get a better window than right now to get going on

  1. Getting your Portuguese passport; and
  2. Applying for an EEA Family Permit so that your family members who have not obtained Portuguese passport can join you in the UK.

This presently includes spouses and children below the age of 21 years. You can also apply for your adult dependents like mother or father or even your mother in law and father in law or any adult dependent if you are able to evidence that they are dependent on you.

The SmartMove

Speaking of keeping an eye out for news, all matters considering the EEA, the EU, and the UK are going to be under a constant change. We recommend anyone keen on utilizing their Goan heritage for migration to the UK, and if you would like your family members to join you in the UK, to stay connected with The SmartMove2UK for the latest immigration updates happening in the UK immigration world.

If you know someone who is concerned about the situation of Goans in the UK after Brexit, be sure to help them out with relevant updates to find right here on


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