06 Feb 06.02.2018 What will Brexit mean for EU citizens currently living in the UK?
06.02.2018 What will Brexit mean for EU citizens currently living in the UK?
After the initial agreement on Brexit issues was reached on December 8, Theresa May confirmed that no family will be split, the EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay, gain settled status and the EU citizens’ rights would be written into UK law.
The PM confirmed that the UK values the contribution the EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK and she wants them to stay.
The PM confirmed that the process allowing EU citizens to apply for settled status will be “ transparent, smooth and streamlined”, it will cost no more than a passport and the paperwork will take “a few minutes”.
Theresa May stated that right now the EU citizens do not have to do anything at all. There is now a detailed agreement on the table in which the UK and the EU have set out how we intend to preserve your rights – as well as the rights of UK nationals living in EU countries. Brexit Home Office minister added that there would be a “presumption in favour” of approving applications, with people hearing back in two weeks.
Those given settled status will have “broadly the same rights” as British citizens. Children born in the UK to the EU parents will automatically become British citizens.
Will the EU citizens need visas to work here?
The PM confirmed that free movement of people will not continue as it is now after March 2019. In September, a leaked Home Office paper revealed the UK plans to cap the number of low-skilled EU migrants.
EU citizens will be able to travel to and live in the UK after Brexit, however, a system of permits will limit the number of working migrants under the Home Office proposals. EU workers moving to the UK after Brexit will have to register until a permanent post-Brexit immigration policy is put in place.
Under the new immigration plans, employers may be forced to recruit British workers first before looking overseas in the future. New work permits may be restricted to occupations where there is a shortage of workers.