The UK government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU. A summary of what has been agreed is below, and you can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website.
- EU citizens who arrive by 29 March 2019 and have lived in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’.
- People who won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave, but arrive here by 29 March 2019, will be able to apply for permission to stay on until they reach the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
- All family members who are living with or join EU citizens by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. Children born after exit are protected if their parents are protected. Close family members will be able to join their families in the UK after exit.
- EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be able to apply for their new status through a new streamlined, user-friendly application scheme, due to launch in late 2018.
- Rights to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK will remain the same.
- The agreement extends the citizens’ rights protections above to include EU citizens and their family members arriving in the UK during the implementation period (from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020). This ensures that those planning to come to the UK after March next year know what the arrangements will be. During this time, new arrivals will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme after three months in the UK.
- There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage, but you can sign up for email updates to receive an alert when there is further news on the application scheme.
Further details, case studies and resources are available on the EU citizens' rights website.
Workshops and briefing sessions for EU staff
Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm specialising in immigration law, delivered workshops and briefing sessions in October 2016 and May 2017 to support our EU staff and students through their own application process for permanent residency and naturalisation as a British Citizen. Watch a recording of the sessions on our dedicated QMplus Hub (please search for 'EU Referendum' under 'Groups', QMUL login required), along with slides and FAQs.
What our experts have to say
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You may also find it helpful to take a look at both the Russell Group and UUK's websites as sources of further information and to understand what sector bodies are doing to influence the government’s position.
Updates from the Principal to all staff regarding the EU referendum and Brexit can be found on the Principal’s webpage (QMUL login required).