05 September 2019
In the words of UK’s Home Secretary Ms. Priti Patel, “On 31 October, we will leave the EU come what may. Introducing tougher checks and ending free movement as it currently stands will allow us to take the first, historic steps towards taking back control of our borders.”
The words of this announcement shocked not only the EEA and Switzerland nationals but also their family members living outside the EEA who could accompany those EEA and Swiss nationals intending to live in the UK on a long term basis.
According to the latest announcement by the UK Home Secretary, free movement for EEA and Swiss nationals would not remain the same as it exists in the present day after 31st October 2019 (the day UK will exit the EU).
Citizens of the EEA and Switzerland along with their family members of EEA Nationals, after the 31st of October 2019, would have an option of securing a temporary immigration status for a period of 3 years until 31st December 2020.
Further proposed changes include;
- Removal of the ‘blue EU’ customs channel after 31st October 2019, requiring all travellers to make customs declarations through the red or green channels.
- Introduction of blue UK passports in the later part of the year 2019
- EEA and Swiss nationals along with their close family members, arriving in the UK after 31st October 2019 would not be allowed the same permanent residence rights that are presently in effect.
These changes do not mean that free movement would completely end after the 31st of October 2019, they however indicate that the same rights would not be exercisable after the said date. EU citizens would still be able to visit the UK for visits and short trips but should they wish to remain in the UK beyond 31st December 2020 they would have to apply through Euro TLR (European Temporary Leave to remain) which would grant them temporary leave to remain in the UK, limited to a fixed period of time.
The best time for the family members of EU nationals to apply for EEA Family Permits is now! As the status of their permanent resident rights, is uncertain if they apply for the said permit post Brexit i.e. after 31st October 2019.
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