This is an overview of ongoing national preparations by the 27 EU Member States ensuring that – in the case of a no deal withdrawal – UK nationals who are legally residing in a Member State at withdrawal date will continue to be considered as legally residing.

This information does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the relevant national authorities of the Member States who are the first contact point for UK nationals. Please note that the situation is quickly evolving and check regularly for the latest information and news at the listed national websites.

For more detailed information, related documents are publicly accessible here.

The information provided by Member States replies to the following questions:

a) which approach has been (or will be) chosen for offering a continued right to stay to UK citizens in the EU (application of existing rules; ad-hoc legislation; case-by case assessment or horizontal approach?)

b) which administrative measures are foreseen/envisaged to cope with expected workload (administrative capacity; prioritisation of  certain categories of persons (frequent travellers)?

c) which measures are foreseen/envisaged to reach out to UK citizens in the EU (e.g. communication, information, contacts with consulates and NGOs?)

d) planned timing as regards in particular: 1. Communication and information; 2. Accepting first applications (already before 30 March 2019?); 3. Delivery of first permits (already before 30 March with deferred entry into force?)”

Belgium - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Denmark - Germany - Estonia - Ireland - Greece - Spain - France - Croatia - Italy - Cyprus - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Hungary - Malta - Netherlands - Austria - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Slovenia - Slovakia - Finland - Sweden

Belgium

(2019.01.31)
Belgium has drafted a general law covering different aspects impacted by Brexit. Two parts of this law touch upon citizen’s rights. This draft law was submitted to Parliament on 19.2.2019 and it is Parliament that will eventually decide on the final content.

Right of residence: Belgium plans a transitional period till the end of 2020 in which residence rights of UK-citizens are guaranteed. This period can be shortened or modified by Royal Decree or the scope can be changed to cater for all eventualities (e.g. agreement coming into force, UK not reciprocating, EU-wide solution found…). UK-citizens whose residence permits run out in that period can have them prolonged till the end of the period. Pending applications for UK-citizens and their family members on 29/03/2019 will be treated according to the rules applying on 29/03/2019 (i.e. 2004/38). Family reunifications with UK-citizens who exercised their EU-freedom of movement before 29/03/2019 will be treated according to the rules valid on 29/03/2019 (i.e. 2004/38) even if the application is done after 29/03/2019 (but within the transitional period). UK-citizens will be encouraged to apply for long term residence as third country nationals in the EU (2003/109) during the transition period to be sure of a permanent solution.

For more detailed information:
https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/FR/Guidedesprocedures/Pages/Brexit-no-deal.aspx

Bulgaria

(2019.01.30, updated 2019.02.26)
a). Special legislative amendments will be introduced (already drafted, and submitted to Parliament on 19 February 2019), aimed at preserving the rights under Directive 2004/38/EC of the UK citizens and their family members, who at 29 March 2019 have entered and are legally residing - or are in a possession of a valid permit to reside in the Republic of Bulgaria. Those citizens will be issued new residence permits, after case-by-case check, including security check. The deadline for lodging the applications will expire on 31 December 2020.

b). The administrative burden will be tackled within the existing resources. There will be special guidelines for the migration officers, who will be dealing with the cases. Those officers will undergo targeted training.

c). Extensive information is published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior and of the Migration Directorate with the Ministry of the Interior (https://www.mvr.bg/en/about-the-ministry/brexit/information-about-brexit; https://mvr.bg/migration/information-about-foreigners/дейности-и-функции/information-about-brexit). Other information initiatives, to be undertaken jointly with the British Embassy in Sofia are also being considered.

d). Applications will be accepted as of 30 March 2019. The new documents will be issued within а month. In the meantime, British nationals will be issued temporary certificates. The information initiatives will start as soon as there is enough certainty on the way of withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

For more detailed information:

https://www.mvr.bg/брекзит/информация-за-брекзит/информация-за-брекзит (in Bulgarian)

https://www.mvr.bg/en/about-the-ministry/brexit/information-about-brexit (in English)

Czech Republic

(2018.12.21, updated 2019.03.14)

a). The Brexit Act was approved by both Chambers of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (on 23 January and 27 February) and signed by the President of the Czech Republic (7 March). It responds to the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It would enable the UK citizens and their family members with a valid residence permit in the Czech Republic to stay legally after 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. It provides a transition period (from 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020) that would guarantee the safeguarding of selected rights of the UK citizens and enable them a smooth transition to the residence regime of third-country nationals.

Vláda České republika schválila návrh zákona o úpravě některých vztahů v souvislosti s vystoupením Spojeného království Velké Británie a Severního Irska z Evropské unie dne 7.1.2019. Následně byl návrh předložen Parlamentu České republiky.

Dolní komora (Poslanecká sněmovna) návrh přijala dne 23.1.2019. Senát zákon schválil dne 27. 2. 2019, podepsán prezidentem byl dne 7. 3.

Webové stránky zabývající se brexitem:
https://www.vlada.cz/cz/evropske-zalezitosti/Brexit/

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/brexit.aspx

b). There are no plans to stock up the existing capacities, the administrative burden will be tackled within the existing resources.

c). The Czech Republic envisages using a full range of available means of communication to inform the UK citizens about the required procedures. The Ministry of Interior is also in contact with the British ambassador in the Czech Republic. Necessary steps have been already initiated (issuing information for the UK nationals through the website of the Ministry of Interior and Twitter account of the British embassy in the Czech Republic).

d). There will be no possibility to accept applications before 30 March 2019. The UK citizens who are holders of residence permits according to free movement directive will be able to lodge new applications from 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020 within the territory of the CZ.

For more detailed information:

https://www.vlada.cz/cz/evropske-zalezitosti/Brexit/

https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/brexit.aspx

Denmark

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.15)

a). Denmark has considered various options and models in relation to the continued stay of British nationals. The preferred option is to put in place horizontal and temporary legislation which would extend existing rights under EU law. The envisaged legislation would apply to British nationals and their family members who have exercised free movement rights in Denmark and who resided there on 29 March 2019. Denmark expects to put forward a legislative proposal in February 2019. Rules concerning family reunification will continue to apply according to the rules that apply to union citizens today if the family life existed on 29 March 2019. Children and adoptive children born or adopted after 29 March 2019 will also be covered by the legislation proposal. EU Law concerning deportation will no longer apply to British nationals in Denmark who for example commits crime. Deportation after 29 March 2019 will be covered by the national Aliens Act. The law would apply until a more permanent solution – preferably based on a coordinated EU27 approach – is in place.

b). Currently, approximately 18 500 British nationals live in Denmark. That number does not include non-British family members. Under a temporary scheme British nationals and their family members will be able to continue to use documents issued under EU Law, i.e. registration certificates and residence card. It is expected to phase out this possibility by end 2019. The verification procedures to be introduced in this regard are not yet decided upon, but it is expected that there would be a need to recruit additional staff to handle applications and to provide guidance to British nationals and their family members.

c). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a horizontal Brexit website explaining the rights and obligations of British nationals living in Denmark under the Withdrawal Agreement. So far, only little information is provided on citizens’ rights in a no deal-scenario. That website refers to the Brexit websites of all other relevant ministries, where more information will be published in due course.

Denmark expects to launch official communication campaigns explaining the rights and obligations of British nationals in January 2019. The already launched horizontal website contains information on rights and obligations in a deal-scenario and will be updated once the procedures are in place.

d).1. Denmark intends to communicate on the envisaged rights and obligations for British nationals in Denmark in January 2019.

2 + 3. No specific date has been fixed as to when it will be possible to submit applications for documents attesting a right of residence after 29 March 2019We will decide shortly as of when it will be possible to submit applications.

For more detailed information:

http://uim.dk/brexit/ingen-aftale/q-a-vedrorende-no-deal-scenariet (to be confirmed)

Germany

(2018.12.14)
Transition period for the first 3 months after Brexit (30.03.2019 - 30.06.2019; possibly longer)

For the first 3 months after Brexit date, Germany plans an exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for British citizens and their family members that are living in Germany at the Brexit date by ministerial order. A longer period of time is depending on the consensus of our German Senate (Bundesrat). During this period citizens would need to apply for a residence status under 3rd country nationals’ regime.

Material scope of the ministerial order (only during its duration):

  • exemption to the requirements for a residence title
  • option to apply for the future residence status while staying in Germany
  • access to the labour market

Personal scope of the ministerial order:

  • British citizens who were exercising their rights to freedom of movement before the Brexit date
  • Respective family members who were exercising derived rights to freedom of movement before the Brexit date

Not yet decided, whether British citizens arriving after the withdrawal date should be given the same privileges as for example USA, CAN, JPN (residence title may be obtained after entry, unlimited access to the labour market).

After the expiry of the ministerial order

After the transitional period the 3rd country nationals’ regime is applicable. Citizens who applied for a residence permit during the transition period are under existing national law allowed to legally stay in Germany until their application is approved or denied. We are scrutinizing provisions in order to find solutions for ideally everyone formerly exercising their freedom of movement rights to being able to stay. This group of people shall also have unlimited access to the labour market (as for example USA, CAN, JPN). In Germany the Bundesländer are responsible for the application procedures and for issuing the respective permits.

For more detailed information:

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/migration/brexit/faqs-brexit.html (to be confirmed)

Estonia

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.02.15, 2019.02.27)

a). The Estonian Parliament adopted relevant Brexit Bill on 21.02.2019.

The Bill covers both, deal and no-deal scenarios at the same time and depends on the way of withdrawal, relevant provisions of the Act will enact.

With regard to the possible approach for the UK citizens for no-deal scenario, when there are no changes of our plans, communicated at the Contact Committee meeting on 20.12.2018 (ad-hoc legislation and intention is to convert UK citizens right of residence by law automatically to residence permits and UK citizens need to exchange their residence documents to the relevant residence permits).

Our intention is give transition period for the exchange the current EU citizen residence documents.

b). It is difficult to make difference between different groups, e.g. frequent travellers; therefore, we are not planning to force inhabitants to change the current residence documents to the new residence permits within a short period of time and UK citizens may reside in EE on the base of current documents. If the workload will increase significantly, it is possible to make prioritisation for the UK citizens and their family members.

c). Direct contact with Embassy in EE, direct communication to UK citizens residing in EE.

d). 1). In case of deal or no-deal direct communication for the UK citizens, living in EE, is planned to the February/March of the next year. In addition, relevant BREXIT information web pages in our ministries web site has been opened (in the MFA and MOI). Also, various seminars/information exchanges have been organised and will be in the next February/March for UK citizens living in EE and for other social partners as well.

2-3). At the present moment, we are on the preparatory stage. EE sent relevant Bill to the Parliament and we will be ready for different scenario by the end of March 2019. Main concern is that in case of deal or no deal, we need to work on two completely different legal solutions, which requires parliamentary approval. In the case of unclear situation up to the end of February 2019, probably we are not ready to accept new resident permit applications before 30 of March.

However in case of no-deal and possible visa-free travel of UK citizens, there are no major obstacles for residence in EE, as they may enter, start, for instance employment (e.g using the short term-employment scheme), and while waiting for an authorization, they are able to work and reside in EE.

For more detailed information:

https://www.siseministeerium.ee/en/activities/citizenship-and-migration/brexit

https://vm.ee/en/what-do-you-need-know-regard-brexit

Ireland

(2019.01.16)

a). UK nationals have a right to reside in Ireland under the Common Travel Agreement.  UK nationals are not required to register their residence in Ireland and do not receive registrations documents.  A no deal Brexit will have no implications for UK nationals rights to reside in Ireland.

b). No administrative measures are needed in the case of a no deal Brexit.

c). A communications campaign is being finalised and will be launched shortly. 

Coverage of Brexit in the Irish media has highlighted the fact that UK and Irish nationals will continue to enjoy reciprocal rights of residence under the CTA.  

There has been on-going contact with the UK Embassy in Ireland on this issue.

In the case of a no deal Brexit, no residence permits will be issued to UK nationals.

For more detailed information:

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/rights_of_residence_in_ireland/residence_rules_UK_citizens.html (to be confirmed)

Greece

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.16, 2019.01.30, 2019.02.27)

Greece is considering to apply existing EU and national rules for offering a continued right to stay to UK citizens in Greece.

The authorities will be informed in a timely manner. The official number of UK citizens residing in Greece is 23.100 as of 24 January 2019. However there is a also a number of not registered persons. We will officially invite UK citizens living in Greece without a registration certificate to register before 29th of March. If necessary, appropriate tailor-made measures will be taken.

We are in contact with the UK Embassy and we are planning to upload info notes on the websites of the competent ministries and to disseminate relevant information through the citizens’ offices which are located in different cities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a BREXIT website (https://brexit.gov.gr) as central point of information. These actions are scheduled to take place in the beginning of 2019.

For the moment there will be no possibility to accept applications before 30  March 2019. UK citizens who are holders of residence documents according to FREEMO Directive will be able to apply for the new documents within a reasonable period after 30 March. The date from which applications for the new documents can be submitted is still under consideration.

We believe, it is necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the new status, which could ensure the rights of UK citizens already residing in the m-s.  Relevant initiatives of the Commission, including coordination of information would be welcome.

We need also to have certainty about the treatment of EU citizens in the UK. When deciding about the proper measures regarding residence of UK citizens, matters of reciprocity are also important.

Updated information: Greece considers to extend the validity of the residence documents issued to UK citizens and their family members under FREEMO directive before 29th March 2019. These documents will be considered as temporary national residence permits for a certain period, probably until the end of 2019 or longer (length of period tbc). From this date the temporary documents could be replaced by residence permits in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002.

Greece plans to introduce a new national permanent residence status for UK citizens living in the country as well as to facilitate the access to EU long term resident’s status according to the Directive 2003/109/EC.  Appropriate arrangements will be soon announced. 

For more detailed information:

https://brexit.gov.gr

Spain

(2018.12.19)

a). Spain is working in adopting ad-hoc legislation for UK citizens residing in Spain before the withdrawal date.

UK citizens legally residing in Spain and their family members on that date should be given a residence permit issued in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002.

Due to the high number of UK citizens living in Spain, Spanish authorities needs an enough period of time to cope with the process. Although this period has not been decided yet, we are working in a 24 months scenario. It has to be noted that in a no deal scenario, UK has announced that they are going to give themselves a timeframe equal to the transition period reached in the withdrawal agreement. Consequently, we cannot support the coordinated approach of having all the process done by the end of 2019.

Due to EU citizens in Spain has to be registered, registration certificates will be recognised during the transition/grace period. The specimen of the document will be notified to COM and published in accordance with article 39 SCB.

To get the residence permit, Spain is planning to systematically convert registration certificates issued under Directive 2004/38/CE into residence permits issued in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002.

For those who do not have a registration certificate but were residing in Spain before the withdrawal date, a specific process will be stablished even though we will encourage them to register before March 29th. Requirements to get the residence permit will be inspired by Directive 2004/38

Bearing in mind the document Migr-Dir 141, the Spanish approach could be a mix of options a), c) and e).

b). In order to cope with the expected workload, Spain will increase the technical and human resources.

c). Ongoing contacts with the British Embassy and consulates. Besides, we are working in a specific website which will include all the necessary information.

d). 1. As soon as possible.

2. First applications should be accepted after 30 March 2019, since until that date UK citizens are still EU citizens.

3. Delivery of first permits (already before 30 March with deferred entry into force?) - after that date.

For more detailed information:

http://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/brexit/howtoprepare/Paginas/citizens.aspx (to be confirmed)

France

(2018.12.18, updated 2019.03.07)

Le gouvernement français a mis en place un dispositif législatif et réglementaire pour anticiper l’hypothèse d’une sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’UE sans accord de retrait.

Parmi ces mesures, une ordonnance concerne les personnes physiques britanniques qui, au jour du retrait, sont soumises au droit français, notamment en matière de droit d'entrée et de séjour, d'emploi, d'exercice d'une activité soumise au respect de conditions, de fonction publique, ou encore de droits sociaux et de prestations sociales.

L’ordonnance du 6 février 2019 régit les droits des citoyens britanniques en France et prévoit notamment :

  • une période envisagée de douze mois maximum, pendant laquelle, sous réserve de réciprocité, ces ressortissants britanniques pourront continuer de résider en France sans titre de séjour. Ils auront donc un an pour obtenir soit une carte de résident s’ils résident en France depuis plus de cinq ans, soit l’un des titres prévus pour les résidents présents depuis moins de cinq ans dans des conditions allégées ;
  • la préservation des droits sociaux dont ces ressortissants bénéficient à la date du retrait ;
  • le maintien de leur droit à exercer leur profession en France dans les secteurs réglementés (avocats, experts-comptables, etc.) ;
  • le maintien des fonctionnaires britanniques au sein de la fonction publique française.

Plus particulièrement, sur le sujet du séjour, les ressortissants britanniques résidant régulièrement en France avant le 30 mars 2019 bénéficieront d’une période de grâce – qu’un décret à venir devrait fixer à un an à partir de la date de retrait du Royaume-Uni -, pendant laquelle leurs droits en matière de séjour, d’activité professionnelle ainsi que l’intégralité de leurs droits sociaux, seront maintenus. Durant cette période, ils devront effectuer leur demande de titre dans un délai qu’un décret prochain devrait fixer à six mois. Cette demande sera instruite selon des modalités simplifiées.

Ainsi, les ressortissants britanniques et les membres de leur famille qui séjournaient régulièrement en France depuis 5 ans ou plus se verront délivrer la carte de résident valable 10 ans portant la mention « Résident de longue durée-UE » prévue par la directive 2003/109/CE : les périodes de séjour régulier antérieures au 30 mars 2019 sont ainsi prises en compte. La condition d’intégration prévue dans le droit commun ne leur sera pas appliquée.

D’autre part, le même titre sera délivré automatiquement aux ressortissants britanniques et les membres de leur famille qui s’étaient vu accorder un titre de séjour permanent avant le 30 mars 2019 conformément à l’article 16 de la directive 2004/38/CE.

Les ressortissants britanniques qui séjournent en France depuis moins de 5 ans auront accès dans des conditions facilitées aux principaux titres de séjour prévus par la législation française pour les ressortissants de pays tiers. Ces titres seront pris en compte pour l’accès ultérieur (après 5 ans de séjour régulier) au droit de séjour permanent qui se concrétisera sous la forme de la délivrance d’une carte, valable 10 ans et portant la mention « résident de longue durée-UE », prévue par la directive 2003/109/CE.

Un dispositif d’accueil spécifique est en cours d’élaboration afin d’être en mesure de traiter les demandes de titres des 152 000 ressortissants britanniques recensés sur le territoire français, sans engorger les services administratifs tout en simplifiant et facilitant les démarches qui devront être accomplies par les ressortissants britanniques et les membres de leur famille concernés. Ainsi, la possibilité de faire leur démarche en ligne et de recevoir leur titre à domicile est envisagée afin de privilégier un unique passage en préfecture. La délivrance de ces nouveaux titres se fera avec un niveau de taxe réduit dont le montant devrait être fixé à un niveau de 119 € par décret.

Au niveau de la communication, le Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européennes a mis en ligne un site d’information gouvernemental sur les conséquences envisageables du Brexit pour les particuliers et les entreprises et sur les mesures de préparation anticipées. Ce site (https://brexit.gouv.fr ) renvoie en fonction des sujets aux pages des ministères compétents.

S’agissant plus particulièrement des aspects relatifs au séjour et au franchissement des frontières, le site du ministère de l’Intérieur français propose une « Foire aux questions » évoquant, au stade actuel de connaissance sur le Brexit, des réponses en fonction des deux hypothèses : une sortie avec et sans accord de retrait (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/Le-ministere-de-l-Interieur-se-prepare-au-Brexit). Cette foire aux questions est régulièrement actualisée. Elle le sera également lorsque le décret précisant les modalités d’application de l’ordonnance du 6 février 2019 sera publié.

For more detailed information:

https://brexit.gouv.fr

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/Le-ministere-de-l-Interieur-se-prepare-au-Brexit

Croatia

(2018.12.19)

a). In order to provide for the regulation of residence status of UK nationals and their family members, who on the day of departure of the UK from the European Union have already registered their temporary or permanent stay or have been issued with a residence card pursuant to Title X of the existing Aliens Act, certain amendments to the draft proposal for the Act on EEA nationals and their family members have been proposed.  

Those provisions provide for keeping the existing residence status and lay down the right to work without obtaining additional authorisation. 

The residence documents already issued under the existing Aliens Act will be recognised as temporary national residence permits for nationals of the United Kingdom and their family members after Brexit. These temporary national residence permits will be valid maximum up to one year from the entry into force of the Act (or until their expiration date, if the said date is shorter).

An obligation has also been prescribed to replace residence documents within a year from the entry into force of the Act. New residence permits will be issued in the format laid down by Regulation 1030/2002. 

Pursuant to a special procedure, the draft Act will be sent before the Croatian Parliament for urgent legislative procedure.

b). On 18 December 2018 total of 673 UK nationals have regulated their residence in the Republic of Croatia (401 on temporary residence and 272 have permanent residence).

Having this in mind, we do not currently expect overburden of our administrative capacities.

We aim to implement a simple and straightforward procedure in order not to overburden UK nationals.

With option c) in place (with some modifications as suggested), we would have temporary solution to bridge the first period. Therefore we are considering accepting applications for issuing new documents/exchanging the old ones on 30 March 2019 and issue first permits afterwards (in order to replace any temporary documents under point c).

c). We have made a proposal for a recommendation addressed to all UK nationals and their family members residing in the Republic of Croatia who intend to continue residing in the Republic of Croatia, to register their residence in the Republic of Croatia in line with the provisions of the existing Aliens Act.

This recommendation will be published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (https://www.mup.hr/ ).

d).  1. Communication and information-

-  information on web page of the Ministry of the interior recommending all UK citizens residing in the Republic of Croatia who do not hold registration certificate/permanent residence card  in order to avoid any more complex administrative procedures in the future (to be decided yet on the date).

-  information regarding the procedures for residence- date to be set up

2. Accepting first applications

After 30 March 2019

3. First permits to be issued

After 30 March 2019

For more detailed information:

https://www.mup.hr/

Italy

(2019.01.22)

a). On the Italian side, in line with the Communications of the European Commission of 13 November 2018 and of 19 December 2018 on Brexit, we are working on maintaining the existing legal framework of rights to ensure that British citizens who are legally resident as of 29 March 2019 in Italy under EU law will have recognized the requisites and the time needed to request and obtain long-term resident status foreseen by Directive 2003/109/EC. In this way, British citizens in Italy will continue to enjoy rights such as access to medical care, employment, education, social benefits and family reunification.

b). For the time being, the administrative challenges arising from Brexit in this sector will be tackled with existing resources and rules and internal reorganisation. We do not exclude other options.

c). There are ongoing contacts with the British Embassy in Rome and with citizens' associations (British in Italy, in particular). British citizens living and working in Italy have been invited to register at the Register Office of their Italian municipality of residence before 29 March 2019.

d). Applications and emissions of permits after 30 March 2019.

For more detailed information:

https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/politica_estera/politica_europea/dossier/brexit.html (to be confirmed)

Cyprus

(2018.12.17)

a). CY intends to protect, even in a case of «no Deal» scenario the residence rights of UK nationals and their Family members , including family members who are third country national in view of the UK leaving the European Union .Pending a final political decision CY intends to implement the majority of the provisions of DRAFT WA soon.

To this end, a draft legislation is being prepared which is based on the provisions of Draft WA. When finalized it will be submitted to the parliament for approval.

b). Residence documents under the directive 2004/38will continue to be valid, until replaced. New applications for people covered by the draft WA will be examined when the new legislation is set into force. If a gap period appears (from 29/3/2018 until the legislation is in place) administrative measures will be taken so to minimize any possible problems concerning the residency rights of people affected (i.e. until they have an opportunity to submit an application).

c). We are going to continue our cooperation with the UK High Commission in Cyprus, and we are going to have informative campaigns on the new process followed.

Also we have prepared a Policy paper for the No deal Scenario on the terms of the procedures which includes the citizen’s rights of UK Nationals and their family members. We are expecting to put it into force as soon as there is a final procedure set out.

d). Time period for accepting new application is according our new legislation which is going to be set into force

For more detailed information: (to be confirmed)

Latvia

(2018.12.18, updated 2019.01.30)

a). In order to ensure continued right to stay to UK citizens in the EU, changes in national legislation will be made (until 29 of March) which will lay down the measures for recognizing certificates issued (under Directive 2004/38/EC) to UK citizens in the EU before 29 of March 2019 as temporary national residence permits. Therefore, option c) will be used.

The transitional period for UK citizens and their family members to renew their residence rights and during which certificates issued to them under Directive 2004/38/EC will be recognized as temporary national residence permits will last till 31 December, 2020. Conditions applied for EU citizens and their family members will continue to apply to this specific category. Parliament of the Republic of Latvia already made a political declaration in this regard.

Simultaneously, until 31 of December 2019, options d) and e) will be used, meaning that the UK citizens in the EU who resided in Latvia less than 5 years, will be issued national temporary residence permits, while the UK citizens in the EU who resided in Latvia longer than 5 years, will be issued national long-term residence permits. Both types of permits will be issued in the unified format according to the Regulation 1030/2002.

b). Latvia does not foresee excessive administration workload as the number of UK citizens in the EU in Latvia is low (currently around 1000 registration and permanent residence certificates issued to the UK citizens).

c). Individual letters to the UK citizens will be sent to the registered address in Latvia explaining procedure for renewing residence rights, as well as deadlines and consequences if the deadlines are not met. Additionally there will be information on the web-page of the Migration Office and, if needed, our experts are ready to meet UK nationals’ diaspora in order to explain procedure and to answer questions.

d). 1. Information letters will be send out starting from 30th March 2019.

2. Accepting first applications – from 1st June 2019

3. Delivery of first permits – from 1st July 2019.

For more detailed information:

https://www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/news/current-events/2019/02/26/information-for-citizens-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

Lithuania

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.18)

a). Currently, the amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens have been drafted on establishing more favourable grounds for issuing the temporary residence permits to citizens of certain countries who intend to work or to engage in legal activities. In case of “no deal” scenario it is expected that these new rules (if the law is passed) and existing rules (concerning third country nationals) would be applied to UK citizens. If the law was passed, a transition/grace period until the 31 December 2019 would be offered in order to facilitate the issuance of residence permits for those affected by the withdrawal so the UK citizens in the EU could have sufficient time to file applications for residence permits.

b). Administrative measures to cope with expected workload – due to the fact that the UK community in Lithuania is rather small, it is expected to cope with increased workload with existing resources, prioritisation of certain categories of persons is not envisaged;

c). Measures to reach out to UK in EU – the communication strategy with concrete measures and timeframe will be drafted. In this case, the relevant institutions cooperate with the British Embassy as well. The concrete information on the relevant procedures for the UK nationals will be published in the institutional websites and social media platforms of the relevant institutions. Due to the fact that the UK community in Lithuania is rather small, in addition the written notifications on the status changes and relevant procedures will be send to each UK citizen individually.

d). - Communication and information – once it is clear that it is a “no deal” scenario.

- Accepting applications – once it is clear that it is a “no deal” scenario (and after necessary amendments mentioned above would enter into force);

- Acceptance of applications – before 30 March 2019, but delivery of first permit cards – after 29 March 2019.

For more detailed information:

https://vrm.lrv.lt/en/news/brexit-right-of-residence-in-lithuania-for-the-uk-citizens-and-their-family-members-updated-2019-02-06

Luxembourg

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.18)

a). In the case of the “cliff-edge” scenario, LU will apply the existing legislation, relating to third country nationals, to UK citizens. In any case, LU aims to set up a smooth transition regarding right of residency acquisition, based on a case-by-case assessment. LU will grant a period of grace until the 30th March 2020, residence documents issued under Directive 2004/38/CE will be considered as residence permits until the above mentioned date. On the other hand, the deadline for the application to obtain new residence permits is set by the 31st December 2019.

b). In order to cope with the expected workload, LU is increasing the staff in the administration in a substantial way. The need for prioritization will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

c). LU projects to move forward with a communication campaign through official government channels (Ministries publications, official government web page). The possibility of a targeted information campaign by mail is under study.

d). 1. LU started the communication campaign on the 18th January 2019, through government press release and government web page communication.

2. In order to ensure a smooth transition period for UK nationals and a swift clarification of the residence status of concerned persons, LU plans to accept first applications before the 30th of March, if possible.

3. LU does not envisage delivering residency documents before the 30th of March.

For more detailed information:

https://gouvernement.lu/fr/dossiers/2019/brexit.html (to be confirmed)

Hungary

(2018.12.17, updated 2019.01.30)

In Hungary the new legislation package is under internal consultation.

Most possibly recognition of already issued documents (under Directive 2004/38/EC) will be needed for a ”transition period”.

For more detailed information:

http://www.bmbah.hu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1314:information-on-brexit&Itemid=1853&lang=en

Malta

(2018.12.18, updated 2019.01.31)

The Maltese Government has recently announced that UK nationals residing in Malta on the withdrawal date and who would have been exercising their Treaty right of free movement, will be allowed to continue to reside in Malta.

They will be entitled to open access to the Maltese labour market as workers or self-employed persons, without the requirement of an employment licence. Economically self-sufficient persons, persons who have been granted permanent residence and students, will also be able to continue to reside in Malta, provided that they do not become a burden on the State (such as having sickness insurance and sufficient funds). Dependent family members will also be able to reside in Malta together with the family member, provided that relationship existed on the withdrawal date.

The document that will be issued to such UK nationals to reflect their new status will be in the uniform format established by Regulation 1030/2002 as subsequently amended. It will be valid for a period of 10 years and will be issued free of charge.

In the interim, until the new document is issued, they will be allowed to retain their current document. The Maltese authorities, through the Identity Malta Agency (which manages migration processes) will endeavour to facilitate the required operations which the transition will entail.

Since registration of EU nationals exercising their right to free movement is mandatory in Malta, the pertinent Authorities hold a database with all the relevant records. This will be used to reach out to the persons in question, in addition to communication over the media. The British High Commission has also been engaged for the purposes of outreach. Moreover the assistance of organizations representing the British community in Malta is also expected to be sought in order to further communication. In addition, a helpline has been set up by the Government to provide information to anyone who may require it.

For more detailed information:

https://www.gov.mt/en/Pages/brexitfactsheet

Netherlands

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.07 and 2019.01.25)

In case of a no-deal Brexit 45.000 UK-citizens in the Netherlands and their relatives need a new residence status. This equals the total amount of first applications for residency permits in NL for an entire year.

Legal residence of UK citizens in NL after Brexit in a no deal scenario: As a temporary solution, UK citizens will receive a temporary residency permit to continue their legal residence in NL just before 29 March 2019. This will be in the form of a paper letter, stating they have legal residence in NL and are allowed to work freely without a work permit. The temporary permit will remain valid until 1-7-2020. In this period they have to apply for a definite residency permit.

NL has considered many options for a definite residence permit for UK citizens living in NL after Brexit. Eventually, NL chose to maintain similar accession conditions as EU citizens including free access to labor market and no conditions with respect to civic integration for the permanent residence permit for UK citizens living in the Netherlands before brexit date.

Administrative application procedures: All inhabitants in NL have the legal obligation to register in the municipality. This is a registration in the national database and contains contact details. We will use these contact details to send UK citizens living in NL three letters:

1) A letter with information on their situation and status after Brexit. The letter contains information on what can they expect from us as a government and what is expected of themselves. This letter will be sent early January 2019.  

2) A letter that will serve as their temporary residence permit (validity until 1-7-2020), which will only be valid in combination with a valid ID-card. This de facto creates a transition period. With this temporary residence permit they are also allowed to work freely. 

3) A letter with an invitation to apply (digitally) for a definite residence permit within a certain time frame in the transition period. This enables the Immigration Services to process the applications spread out over the transition period.

Administrative measures: The Immigration Services will attract 250-300 extra staff to handle the case load and customer relations.

Communication/outreach: The special website of the Immigration Services is already online (https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Brexit.aspx) and is the central point of information. An online (social media) campaign has started to channel UK nationals towards information on website. We will also create an online webinar. We participate in public information events with a team of speakers available. Our campaigns will intensify towards 29 March 2019.

Timing: Information letter (above mentioned as letter 1) will be sent early January 2019 informing British citizens of the transition period in a no deal scenario and of the conditions that will apply to a definite residence permit, following the political decision of 21 December 2018. First applications will be accepted after 29 March and residence permits will be delivered right after the decision of the Immigration Services.

Update provided on 2019.01.07: we have made public our no deal plans on citizens rights. Information is on the IND website: https://ind.nl/en/pages/brexit.aspx

The information letter for UK citizens is to be found here: https://ind.nl/Documents/IND%20Informatiebrief%20Brexit%20geen%20vergunning%20vva_vvr_onbep.pdf

For more detailed information:

https://ind.nl/en/Pages/Brexit.aspx

https://ind.nl/Documents/IND%20Informatiebrief%20Brexit%20geen%20vergunning%20vva_vvr_onbep.pdf

Austria

(2018.12.13, updated 2019.01.17, 2019.02.15, 2019.02.22)

a). In case of a no deal scenario, Austria is considering special regulations for UK nationals. Under these rules, British nationals will have to apply for a residence permit within 6 months after BREXIT. The main requirement will be, that the applicant is no danger to public order or security. Their further stay in Austria will be legal until their application has been finally decided on. The draft law (the BREXIT-Begleitgesetz) foreseeing these changes is currently in the parliamentary process. The text and all relevant documents can be accessed here https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/VHG/XXVI/I/I_00491/index.shtml. This homepage will also reflect the progress through parliament.

The hearing in the constitutional committee in parliament is scheduled for Monday 25th of February 2019.

b). As Austria is a federal state, the personnel sovereignty lies within the federal states. The Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior has already pointed out the possible need for extending administrative capacities to the federal states.

c). The Federal Ministry of the Interior is in regular contact with the British Embassy in Vienna. A website available in German and English as well as a hotline have been launched (https://www.bundeskanzleramt.gv.at/brexit and https://www.federal-chancellery.gv.at/brexit). Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection are giving presentations across the federal states concerning residence rights and implications for social security in a no deal scenario. These presentations are available online on the homepage of the Federal Chancellery.

d). Since we are only a few weeks away from BREXIT, communication and information campaigns were started (first event took place on February 3rd 2019). The communication is currently focused on what happens in a no deal scenario.

The possibility of early applications for permits still depends on the question of whether or not a deal can be reached.

Delivery of first permits already before 30 March 2019 is not possible since it is unlawful to issue residence permits for third-country nationals to EU citizens.

For more detailed information:

https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/VHG/XXVI/I/I_00491/index.shtml

https://www.bundeskanzleramt.gv.at/brexit

https://www.federal-chancellery.gv.at/brexit

Poland

(2018.12.13, updated 2019.01.03, 2019.01.15, 2019.02.26)

The legislative process concerning the draft law on the regulation of certain issues in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community without concluding the agreement referred to in art. 50 par. 2 of the Treaty on European Union is still ongoing. Currently the draft legislation has been sent to the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers for approval.

As the legislative process is still ongoing, the website with the information on the residence rights in case of no-deal is currently unavailable.

a). We are not sure how to qualify our approach for offering a continued right to stay to UK citizens in the EU. Possibly as ad-hoc legislation or horizontal approach.

Poland intends to apply a special approach to UK nationals and their family members enjoying the right of residence or the right of permanent residence under the Directive 2004/38/EC before the withdrawal date by introducing legislative solutions allowing for continuation of residence and work after the withdrawal date in case of no deal scenario. For that purpose separate legislative Act on the rules of stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland of citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and members of their families in connection with the withdrawal of that country from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community has been drafted, which is scheduled to come into force on 30 March 2019.

Draft legislation provides for introducing a special period of time of 1 year starting from the withdrawal date for UK citizens and their family members enjoying the right of residence or the right of permanent residence under the Directive 2004/38/EC before the withdrawal date during which UK citizens and their family members will be entitled to legally stay (continue to stay) and work in Poland and – what is important – to submit the application for residence permit as third country nationals.

Persons possessing certificate of registration, document confirming right of permanent residence as well as residence or permanent residence card of a family member of EU citizen will be generally considered as possessing the right of residence or permanent residence under free movement rules in Poland on the withdrawal date.

During the above mentioned period of 1 year starting from the withdrawal date, the British citizens and their family members would be entitled to apply for a temporary residence permit (up to 3 years – as for other third country nationals) or permanent residence permit (a national type of residence permit). Special legal bases for granting these residence permits (dedicated to the British citizens and their family members) will be introduced into the Polish national legislation. Possessing the right of residence or permanent residence under free movement rules in Poland on the withdrawal date will be the only positive condition for granting these permits.

Special stamps will be elaborated to be included in the travel documents, for UK citizens and their family members who will apply for the above mentioned temporary or permanent residence permits, which will be notified to the EC in accordance with art. 39 of the Schengen Border Code as residence permits allowing travels through the Schengen area. Their stay in Poland will be legal until their applications are finally decided on.

After 5 years of legal and uninterrupted residence in Poland UK citizens and their family members enjoying the right of residence under the free movement rules in Poland on the withdrawal date will be also entitled to be granted permanent residence permit on certain conditions.

After the withdrawal date UK citizens and their family members will also be entitled to apply for other kinds of residence permits regulated by the Act on Foreigners including the EU Blue Card, or the EU long-term residence status  - if they fulfill the necessary conditions.

b). It is envisaged that the current organizational arrangements provided for the EU citizens and their family members will continue to be applied for UK nationals and their family members during the planned period of 1 year  starting from the withdrawal date (free movement case workers, separate rooms – depending of the capacity of the regional immigration offices). The current number of the UK nationals possessing documents issued under free movement rules in Poland is less than 6 000.

Poland plans also to increase employment in immigration offices competent for the legalization of stay of foreigners by a total of 43 posts for the purposes of implementing the provisions of the separate legal Act on the rules of stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland of citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and members of their families in connection with the withdrawal of that country from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

c). The information campaign will be carried out through different channels : on the websites of the regional immigration offices as well as of the Office for Foreigners (central second instance authority competent for legalization of the foreigners` stay), by communication with the UK Embassy, through the social media, press information and press conferences, printed materials, cooperation with the UK Embassy, NGOs, employers` organizations.

d). 1. Information campaign for UK nationals and they family members residing in Poland will start as soon as the Polish draft legislative solutions envisaged for the no-deal scenario are at least generally politically approved (possibly until the end of this year or the beginning of the next year).

2. First applications for residence permits will be accepted starting from the 30th March 2019. Polish Act on Foreigners does not in general apply to UK citizens and their family members as long as UK citizens are EU citizens – that is to say until the withdrawal date.

3. Delivery of first permits will be possible after the 30th March 2019.

For more detailed information:

Webpage under preparation – not yet available.

Portugal

(2019.01.15, updated 2019.01.18)

a). Portugal intends to approve specific legislation that grants special conditions, from 30.03.2019 to 31.12.2020, to UK citizens and their family members living in PT before the withdrawal date, converting registration certificates issued under Directive 2004/38/CE into residence permits issued in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002.

In the foreseen procedure, the requirements demanded to nationals of third countries will be replaced by a declaration of honour. The residence permits will be issued according to the previous time of residence in the country.

Registration certificates will be recognized during this transition period, and although registration in Portugal is mandatory, UK citizens living in Portugal are already being advised to register in case they still have not  done it.

After the withdrawal data, UK citizens that have not register but that can prove they were living in Portugal before 29.03.2019 may also request the residence permit under this special procedure.

b). Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service is assessing the human resources and equipment needs having in mind the opening of decentralized offices, at municipal level, wherever there is a relevant number of UK residents.

At the border control, PT is considering to extend the possibility to use the automated identification departure system – RAPID4all – to the British citizens as it is already used by other third country nationals on certain conditions:

• Are exempt from visa requirements for short stays;

• Have entered the EU through Portugal;

• Be within the legal length of authorized stay.

c). Portugal has kept a close dialogue with the UK embassy in Lisbon, with whom several information initiatives are being planned. We have already released a flyer explaining UK citizens the options that will be given in each scenario, under the logo “#stay calm you’ll stay”.

A top governmental level press conference has been held on 11 Jan 2019, and all the information is available in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and in the Migration service websites:

https://www.portaldiplomatico.mne.gov.pt/politica-externa/brexit/preparacao-para-o-brexit

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/brexit/

d). Regarding the outlined schedule:

1. The communication strategy is already ongoing and it will be boosted in the next months.

2. Applications will be accepted from 30.03.2019 until 31.12.2020.

3. In case of a well-documented request, deliverance of residence permits will occur in few days after submission. 

For more detailed information:

https://www.portaldiplomatico.mne.gov.pt/politica-externa/brexit/preparacao-para-o-brexit

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/brexit/

Romania

(2018.12.19, updated 2019.01.30)

After UK’s withdrawal from the EU, in the no-deal scenario, UK nationals with a right to stay in Romania will be subject to the regime of third-country nationals, under specific conditions allowing them to continue their stay. In order to ensure their continuity of stay on the national territory and a transition period to facilitate the transition from EU citizenship status to third country nationals, Romania considers the following temporary measures:

  1. UK nationals, and their family members, who have a registration certificate issued prior to 29 March 2019 will receive a letter that will act as a temporary national residence permit, valid until 31.12.2019. In this regard, it is envisaged to notify the COM in accordance with Art. 39 of the Schengen Borders Code;
  2. UK nationals, and their family members, who will have entered Romania before 29.03.2019 but do not yet have a registration certificate will have until 30.06.2019 to register. Those who submitted a registration form until 30.06.2019 , will also receive a letter that will act as a temporary national residence permit, valid until 31.12.2019.
  3. for UK nationals, and their family members, with a long-term right to stay, it is intended to convert, under simplified procedures, documents attesting the right of permanent stay (under Directive 2004/38/EC) in long-term residence permits (under Directive 2003/109/EC)

In order to implement the envisaged necessary changes and ensure the continued residence of UK nationals in Romania, we will adopt appropriate national legislation in line with the recommendations that the COM transmitted to the MS, which would establish a transitional period applicable to UK nationals. The legislation is currently under development and it is intended to provide UK nationals with certain benefits, during the transition period.

The British citizens residing in RO (with a right to stay) will have to apply for a new status, transitioning to the regime for third-country nationals, under specific conditions. The application period will be open from 30.03.2019 until 31.12.2019. The new residence permit will be issued within 30 days, with the possibility of extending the 30 days for up to 15 additional days (if additional checks are required).

Against the refusal to issue a residence permit can be lodge an appeal within 10 days of the date of the communication to the Court of Appeal within whose territorial jurisdiction the structure of the General Inspectorate for Immigration is located. The appeal procedure is clearly covered by national legislation.

In order to inform the approximately 2460 British citizens who are registered in Romania about the new applicable legal regime and their obligation to apply for the new status within a by 31.12.2019, the General Inspectorate for Immigration will organize national information campaigns through which it will communicate: the applicable legal regime, the legal procedures and the deadlines for their implementation. Campaigns will be carried out by media, both central and local, with relevant information being published on the official website of the General Inspectorate for Immigration and via social networks (Facebook), as well as displayed at the headquarters of the institution's territorial units. All registered UK nationals, and their family members, will receive a letter containing all the necessary information.

Also, regarding the administrative measures envisaged to meet the expected workload, given the limited number of UK nationals and their family members, no additional resources are necessary at this stage.

At the same time, we highlight the importance of coordinating national actions at European level in the areas of competence of EU Member States so as to ensure a coherent and uniform approach to granting a new legal status to UK nationals in EU and the procedures applicable to it.

For more detailed information:

to be confirmed

Slovenia

(2019.01.29, updated 2019.03.15)

a). Planned legislative amendments under consideration.

b). Planned legislative amendments under consideration.

c). At their address in Republic of Slovenia, the UK citizens will receive a written information about these changes and the time limits to arrange their status. A notice will be published on relevant websites about the entry and residence of foreigners in Republic of Slovenia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UK Embassy to Slovenia will be notified as well.

d). 1. Communication and information: once it is known that there will be no agreement, information will be provided as described in point 2. Accepting first applications: from 30. 3. 2019 onwards. 3. Delivery of first permits: 30 or 60 days from the date of filing an application.

For more detailed information:

http://www.vlada.si/en/projects/the_united_kingdoms_decision_to_leave_the_eu_brexit/

http://www.mnz.gov.si/

www.infotujci.si

Slovakia

(2018.12.13, updated 2019.01.18, 2019.02.15)

a). United Kingdom nationals and their family members residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic as family members of a Union citizen (pursuant to Article 2 (5) of the Act on Residence of Foreigners) who have the right to permanent residence on the territory of the Slovak Republic by 29 March 2019 under Section 67 or Section 71 of the Act on Residence of Foreigners (i.e. rightful and continuous residence for a period of 5 years), are entitled to a long-term residence under Section 52 of the Act on Residence of Foreigners (their stay will be considered a long-term stay).

United Kingdom nationals and their family members residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic as family members of a Union citizen (pursuant to Article 2 (5) of the Act on Residence of Foreigners) who have the right to permanent residence on the territory of the Slovak Republic by 29 March 2019 under Section 65 or 70 of the Act on Residence of Foreigners (e.i. authorized and uninterrupted stay during the period of registration - but less than 5 years), are entitled to permanent residence under Section 43 (1) letter e) of the Act on Residence of Foreigners (their stay will be considered as permanent residence in the interest of the Slovak Republic).

United Kingdom nationals and their family members who have not / have not been resident in the territory of the Slovak Republic to 29 March 2019, will have the same rights and obligations as nationals of third countries, i.e. they will be able to apply for one of the types of residence they meet the conditions.

b). There are no plans to stock up the existing capacities, the administrative burden will be tackled within the existing resources.

c). The Cabinet of the Ministry of Interior covers communication with UK officials from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of UK. Communication with this office is regularly carried out at the level of directors on issues requiring consultations on each stage of the Brexit process.

d.) Residence documents issued to a United Kingdom national and his/her family member by 29 March 2019, which are valid in time, shall remain valid until 31 December 2020.

The United Kingdom national and his/her family member residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic as family members of a Union citizen (pursuant to Article 2 (5) of the Act on Residence of Foreigners) who have the right to permanent residence on the territory of the Slovak Republic by 29 March 2019, shall be required to apply for a new residence document by 31 December 2020.

A United Kingdom citizen and his/her family member who reside on the territory of the Slovak Republic on 29 March 2019 may travel from the territory of the Slovak Republic under the same conditions as they entered the territory of the Slovak Republic no later than 90 days from 29 March 2019. "

For more detailed information:

https://www.mzv.sk/web/en/news/detail/-/asset_publisher/oLViwP07vPxv/content/vyhlasenie-mzvez-k-pravam-obcanov-sr-a-uk-po-brexite/10182?p_p_auth=dxIdQ20t&_101_INSTANCE_oLViwP07vPxv_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fen

Finland

(2018.12.14, updated 2019.01.15, 2019.01.30, 2019.02.15)

a). On 25 January 2019, the Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs supported the Ministry of the Interior’s proposal to draft a special act to continue, for a fixed term, UK citizens’ and their third country family members' right of residence in Finland. On 7 February, the Government submitted to the Parliament a proposal for a special act that stipulates that in the event of a no-deal withdrawal, specific paragraphs of Chapter 10 of the Aliens’ Act would apply to UK citizens for a fixed term. This would allow UK citizens to be considered equal to EU citizens in matters related to the right of residence, right to work and study and also right to practice a profession. On 13 February, Parliament's Administration Committee organized a hearing on the proposal. The aim is to get the law into force before the withdrawal date. The law would apply only from the no-deal withdrawal date. The special act would state that all UK citizens and their third country family members registered before 30 March 2019 could continue to stay, live, work and study in the country until the end of 2020. The right of residence enables them to continue receiving social security benefits.

b). When the special act is in force UK citizens (there are about 5 000 UK citizens living in Finland) and their family members do not need to do anything in order to continue to stay in Finland. UK citizens living in Finland are in any event advised to register their right of residence with the Finnish Immigration Service as soon as possible if they have not already done so. UK citizens living in Finland with citizenship of another EU Member State must register the right of residence on the basis of that citizenship. According to our estimate, there are not many UK citizens who have not registered their right of residence. Therefore, there would not be any significant burden or workload on the Finnish Immigration Service in 2019.

The possibility to apply for residence permits stays. When applying for a residence permit UK citizens would need to visit personally the customer service of the Finnish Immigration Service in order to give their biometrics. They would need to reserve the time for this online.

UK citizens need to give their biometrics because, as EU citizens, they have not had to do so. All third country nationals are required to provide their biometrics.

c). There will be information on the Government's website including links to other websites of different ministries and authorities. The Finnish Immigration Service's website will contain information on immigration matters, residence permit applications etc. Almost all possible ways will be used to contact UK citizens living in Finland, also through the British embassy.

Link to the Government's website:

https://vnk.fi/en/information-about-brexit

d). 1. There will be information on Brexit on the Prime Minister’s Office’s website, as well as websites of all relevant ministries and offices. There will be more information on the websites from 6 February onwards. On 25 February, there will be a press conference relating on citizens' rights and on businesses.

Links:

https://intermin.fi/en/consequences-of-brexit

https://migri.fi/en/brexit/en

https://stm.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/brexitiin-on-varauduttu-sosiaaliturvassa-jalaakehuollossa  (more information in English coming soon)

https://tem.fi/en/brexit-on-business-and-industry

2.-3. There is no need to apply for residence permits now because of the special act. UK citizens can anyway apply for residence permits under existing national legislation between now and the end of 2020.

For more detailed information:

https://vnk.fi/en/information-about-brexit

https://intermin.fi/en/consequences-of-brexit

https://migri.fi/en/brexit/en

https://stm.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/brexitiin-on-varauduttu-sosiaaliturvassa-jalaakehuollossa

https://tem.fi/en/brexit-on-business-and-industry

Sweden

(2018.12.13, updated 2019.01.30)

a–d). Proposals have been presented that aim to counter the most serious consequences of a no-deal Brexit for United Kingdom nationals currently living and working in Sweden. The proposals will only become relevant should the UK leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.

The proposals mean that UK nationals and their family members who lose their right to live and work in Sweden as a consequence of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will be exempt from the requirements on residence and work permits. The exemption will be introduced in a time-limited ordinance and apply during a transition period of one year. The proposal means that UK nationals and their family members may stay in Sweden during the transition period under similar conditions to today, giving them the possibility of adjusting to the new situation. The proposals concerning exception from the requirements on residence and work permits are expected to be adopted by a government regulation in early to mid-March 2019.

According to the above solution and with further amendments in the regulation concerning health care, the affected people will amongst other things continue to have access to Swedish health care and, in general, social security benefits.

Sweden already allows applications for residence and work permits from UK citizens and their family members under national legislation. The Swedish Migration Agency is looking into how to cope with the additional workload.

Proposed legislative amendments are also presented that aim to make it easier for UK nationals and their family members to apply for residence and work permits in Sweden. It is proposed that the Government issues regulations that make it possible for the group in question to be granted residence and work permits, even if they are already in Sweden. Also being proposed is an adjustment of the provisions on the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, making it clear that UK nationals may include the time they have been legally residing in Sweden with a right of residence in an application for long-term residence status, as laid down in directive 2003/109/EC.

It is proposed that the time-limited ordinance enter into force on 30 March 2019 and the legislative amendments on 1 July 2019.

Information regarding contingency measures will be given through the websites of the Government and the Swedish Migration Agency as well as social media. A cooperation concerning information activities with the UK embassy is also being established. Information on the website of the Government can be found here: https://www.government.se/governmentpolicy/brexit/what-does-brexit-mean-for-the-citizens-who-are-particularlyaffected/

For more detailed information:

https://www.government.se/government-policy/brexit/what-does-brexit-mean-for-the-citizens-who-are-particularly-affected/