2020 was already set to be a year with some big changes; Brexit – the UK is no longer a part of the EU. But with a global pandemic (among other things) thrown in the mix, there is even more uncertainty around what 2021 looks like.

Here is some important information about moving to the UK as an EU Passport Holder, which we have summarised from the official UK & EU Government announcements.

Brexit: what will happen in 2020 

Since 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) is no longer an EU country. A transition period began on 1 February 2020 and will last until 31 December 2020. During the transition period all EU laws and rules will continue to apply to the UK, therefore – as an EU citizen you can still arrive in the UK in 2020 with the intention of living & working. Before the end of the transition period the EU and the UK plan to make new agreements for the time after 31 December 2020. 

Going to the UK after the transition period 

If you go to the UK after the transition period, you will not fall under the withdrawal agreement which is in place for EU citizens already residing in the UK for some time prior to Brexit. It is not yet known what the requirements will be for EU citizens who want to go to live and work in the UK after the transition period. That will depend on the agreements that the EU and the UK make on their future relationship. If no agreements are made, the UK government will decide whether EU citizens are allowed to live and work in the UK. The situation will become clearer in the course of 2020. 

What should you do?…  

Due to the uncertainty around the future relationship between the UK & the EU after 31 December 2020, we would advise to arrive prior to this date in order to be in the best position to apply for “Settled Status” to continue to live in the UK. Further reading:  

https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen  

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families 

How does COVID19 come into this? 

The current COVID19 situation has overseas travel looking like an unrealistic option, however there may be measures that you can take to apply for exemptions to local travel bans if you can prove your situation including work arrangements and your visa/immigration restrictions. anzuk can help with some supporting documents if you are considering this. 

It is not certain whether EU citizens will be able to begin residing in the UK after 31 December 2020, so although this year may not be the ideal time to plan overseas travel, it is worth considering your options and doing some research. 

Any official updates will be made through the UK Government’s website – Visas & Immigration section https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/eu-eea-commonwealth 

We are here at anzuk to help and share our knowledge, whatever stage of the process you are at. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your thoughts & plans to move to the UK. 

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