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

(replied 2019.01.31, updated 2019.03.20)
Belgium has drafted a general law covering different aspects impacted by Brexit. Two parts of this law touch upon citizen’s rights including residence right related issues. This draft law was submitted to Parliament on 19.2.2019 and it is Parliament that will eventually decide on the final content. The committee on Home Afffairs endorsed the part with regard to residence rights of “UK in EU” on 27.02.2019. The next step is discussion of the general law in plenary session of Parliament. If adopted, a Royal Decree will decide when the law will take effect.

Right of residence: Belgium plans a transitional period till the end of 2020 in which residence rights of UK-citizens are guaranteed, including i.a. their right of work without a work permit. 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

(replied 2019.01.30, updated 2019.03.25)

a). Special legislative amendments were introduced 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. the amendments to the Law on Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria was adopted by the National Parliament at first reading.

The certificates that are currently issued to UK nationals will be recognized until the end of 2020 or their expiry date - should it come before that. In the period between Brexit and the end of 2020 these certificates will be replaced by residence permits issued in the common format of Regulation 1030/2002. There will be a specific text in the field for remark indicating that the person has been legally residing in the Republic of Bulgaria upon specific date, depending on the date of withdrawal of the UK form the EU. The remark will also reflect the status of the holder, e.g. “UK national”, “Family Member of the UK national” or “Family Member of BG citizen’.  

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

(replied 2018.12.21, last updated 2019.03.18)

a). The Czech Republic has a special approach for offering a continued right to stay. There is already an ad hoc legislation. 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. It responds to the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without the deal. The legislation provides for a special „grace period“ from the withdrawal date until the 31 December 2020. Persons possessing the certificate of registration, the 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. UK citizens who applied but whose application was not granted by 29 March 2019 will be able to stay until their application is processed. UK citizens are granted a special regime with regards to applying for long-term and permanent residence in that they can apply directly from within the CZ, without the need to travel abroad.

Websites:

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 uses a full range of available means of communication to inform the UK citizens about the required procedures. There relevant Ministries as well as the Government Office have dedicated websites with the necessary information about Brexit  The Ministry of Interior is also in regular 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).  The Ministry of the Interior and the British Embassy Prague have been holding meetings to inform British citizens working and living in the Czech Republic about their rights as Britain leaves the European Union. The meetings are free and open to all interested British nationals. Recording of the events are available on the internet.

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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.20)

a). On 19 March 2019 the Danish Parliament adopted a legislative proposal on citizens’ rights by which almost all existing rights under EU law are extended.  The Danish Brexit Act will enter into force if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU without an agreement The Minister of Integration and Immigration will decide when the Act will take effect.

It is a comprehensive and horizontal Act regulating a whole range of citizens’ rights comprising not only residence rights, but also access to various social benefits, social security, health care, education, student grants and recognition of professional qualifications. The intention is to establish a temporary transitional scheme, which will apply provisionally. The Act is intended to apply to British citizens and their family members, who are legally residing in and/or working in Denmark in accordance with EU rules on free movement on the withdrawal date.

Under the temporary transitional scheme, British citizens, falling under its scope, will be able to continue to reside and work on basically the same terms as today. As regards family reunification, EU rules on free movement will continue to apply to families established before the withdrawal date, including children born or adopted by such families after that date. Applications for family reunification with regard to family relations established after the withdrawal date will be handled in accordance with national rules set out in the Danish Aliens Act. The right of permanent residence can still be obtained under the temporary transitional scheme. Moreover, EU registration certificates and residence cards will continue to be valid under the temporary transitional scheme. The enhanced protection against expulsion under EU free movement rules will not apply to British nationals residing in Denmark on the withdrawal date, if they – for example – commit a crime after that date. In that situation, an expulsion decision will be taken on the basis of national rules set out in the Danish Aliens Act. The enhanced protection against expulsion under EU free movement rules will still apply to crime committed before the withdrawal date.

The temporary transitional scheme will apply until replaced by a permanent solution. The Danish Government will continue the work on a permanent scheme for British citizens legally residing in Denmark, while taking into account the outcome of the negotiations in Brussels – and preferably based on a coordinated EU27 approach.

b). Currently, approximately 18 500 British nationals live in Denmark. That number does not include non-British family members. Under the temporary transitional 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 cards. It is expected that those documents will be phased out by the end of 2019 and replaced by residence cards issued in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1030/2002. The application and verification procedures to be introduced in this regard have not yet been decided upon, but it is expected that there would be a need to recruit additional staff to handle those applications and to provide guidance to British nationals and their family members. British citizens and their family members residing in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement without being in possession of an EU registration certificate (issued for EU citizens) or an EU residence card (issued for third country nationals), or without having applied yet, have been encouraged to submit an application for such documentation before 29 March 2019. This will make it easier to prove a right of residence at a later stage, and, conversely, make it easier for the Danish authorities to determine whether the person concerned was legally residing in Denmark on the withdrawal date.

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. That website refers to the Brexit websites of all other relevant ministries, including that of the Ministry of Integration and Immigration which is responsible for residence rights, the Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Research and Education, Ministry of Interior. On 22 January 2019, the Danish Government decided to disclose its plans in relation to citizens’ rights in a no deal-scenario on the various websites. Denmark will continue to launch official communication campaigns explaining the rights and obligations of British nationals. There have also been contacts between various ministries and the British Embassy in Copenhagen to inform about the no deal plans, but also generally to assist in their consular duties towards the British community in Denmark. The Ministry of Integration and Immigration has also participated in a so-called “Town Hall meeting” organised in Copenhagen by the British Embassy in August 2018 and in February 2019.

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

2 + 3. It has been communicated that under the temporary transitional scheme, which broadly extends existing EU rights, residence documents that have been issued in accordance with EU free movement rules will continue to be valid. British citizens and their family members who already hold a document or card, which confirms your right of residence in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement, do not need to do anything now. British citizens and their family members without documents have been encouraged to submit an application for such documentation before 29 March 2019.

For more detailed information:

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

Germany

(replied 2018.12.14, updated 2019.03.21)

Transition period for the first 3 months after Brexit; prolongation for another 6 months planned

For the first 3 months after Brexit date, Germany plans an exemption from the requirement of a residence permit for all British citizens and for family members of British citizens that are living in Germany at the Brexit date. The transition period will be implemented by ministerial order for an initial 3 months. The prolongation for another 6 months until the end of 2019 is subject to the consensus of the German Senate (Bundesrat), but is planned for British citizens that are living in Germany at the Brexit date and their respective family members. During the transitional 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

British citizens arriving after the withdrawal date are exempted from the requirement of a residence permit for only the first 3 months after the Brexit date. Afterwards this group will be granted the same privileges as for example USA, CAN, JPN (residence title may be obtained after entry, unlimited access to the labour market), initially until the end of 2020.

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 will prepare the necessary framework conditions for everyone formerly exercising their freedom of movement rights in Germany 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 Federal States (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

(replied 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

(replied 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.

d).  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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.20)

Greece will grant a period of  grace until the end of December 2020 and will apply existing EU and national rules for offering a continued right to stay to UK citizens living in the country.

The official number of UK citizens residing in Greece is 23883 (data of 20 March 2019). However there is a also a number of not registered persons.

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.

UK citizens residing or entering the country will enjoy a grace period until the end of 2020. During this period existing rules regarding residence, as set out in the Free Movement Directive, will apply to UK citizens and their family members.

Thus, UK citizens legally residing in EL before the withdrawal date may continue to stay, work and study until the end of 2020 under the same conditions and with the same rights as before.

Those UK citizens who reside in the country without having a registration certificate, and also those entering until the end of 2020, will have the opportunity to register and to stay according to the rules in force before the withdrawal date.

The validity of the residence documents issued to UK citizens and their family members under Free Movement Directive before 29th March 2019, will be extended. These documents will be considered as temporary national residence permits until the end of 2020.  As of 1st January 2021 all documents will be replaced by residence permits issued in the common format of Reg. 1030/2002.

With regard to the right of permanent residence, two options will be  available to UK citizens. They can apply either for the EU Long Term Resident’s Status without integration requirements or for a national permanent residence status for UK citizens under the condition of a continuous stay of 5 years and the examination of reasons of public order and security. In both cases the relevant residence permits will have a duration of 5 years.

For more detailed information:

https://brexit.gov.gr

Spain

(replied 2018.12.19, updated 2019.03.15)

a). Spain keeps on working in order to ensure maximum legal certainty, whatever the scenario, to UK nationals residing in Spain and their family members. With that aim, on 1 March 2019 the Government of Spain adopted, among other measures, ad hoc contingency legislation for UK citizens residing in Spain before the withdrawal date in case of a non-deal scenario (https://boe.es/boe/dias/2019/03/02/pdfs/BOE-A-2019-2976.pdf)

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, the Spanish contingency regulation provides a 21 month- period starting from the withdrawal date as a reasonable time framework for the British nationals residing in Spain and their family members to be documented with residence permits issued in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002. This period will allow Spanish competent authorities to cope with the process.

Since EU citizens in Spain have to be registered, during the 21- month period, registration certificates issued under Directive 2004/38/CE will be recognised for the purpose of proving UK nationals´ legal residence in Spain and replaced by residence permits issued in the common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002. The specimen of the documents have been notified to the COM and published in accordance with article 34 SBC.

For those who may not have a registration certificate in the withdrawal date but were residing in Spain before, a specific process has been designed. Requirements to get the residence permit would be those set by Directive 2004/38/CE. The receipt of the application to obtain a third country national residence permit will be considered proof of legal residence, and accordingly we will notify it to the COM. However, we are strongly encouraging them to register before March 29th.

The practicalities of this documentation procedure will be detailed in the Government´s specific instructions that will be adopted in a week.

As regards document Migr-Dir 141, our 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. Besides other short-term measures, on 8 February the Government adopted an Agreement and approved Royal Decree 47/2019 providing 1,735 extra staff for those areas most affected by Brexit.

c). There are ongoing contacts with the British Embassy in Madrid, its consulates and British citizens associations in Spain such as Eurocitizens (part of the 3 million) to disseminate the content of the contingency measures and legislation mentioned.

Besides, the Government of Spain has launched a website on Brexit which includes information on this issue(http://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/brexit/howtoprepare/Paginas/citizens.aspx), and the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security has included in its website a new section on Brexit that offers wider and additional content about, among other matters, residence (http://www.mitramiss.gob.es/en/brexit/index.htm). Furthermore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation is developing audio-visual material to inform UK nationals residing in Spain.

d). 1. Our Brexit websites are already in place.  2. First applications should be accepted after the withdrawal date, since until that date UK citizens are still EU citizens.3. Delivery of first permits would take place after the withdrawal date.

For more detailed information:

http://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/brexit/howtoprepare/Paginas/citizens.aspx

http://www.mitramiss.gob.es/en/brexit/index.htm

http://www.interior.gob.es/web/servicios-al-ciudadano/brexit

France

(replied 2018.12.18, updated 2019.03.06)

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

(replied 2018.12.19, updated 2019.03.22)

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, updated 2019.03.01 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 (this provision will have no end date). 

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 (option c). 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 19 March 2019 total of 655 UK nationals have regulated their residence in the Republic of Croatia (358 on temporary residence and 297 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.

Therefore we are considering accepting applications for exchanging the recognised temporary national residence permits after 30 March 2019 (or no deal Brexit date) and issue first permits in accordance with Regulation 1030/2002 afterwards (in order to replace any temporary documents).

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 was published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior https://mup.gov.hr/vijesti/information-concerning-the-future-relations-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/283273

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 https://mup.gov.hr/vijesti/information-concerning-the-future-relations-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/283273 and https://mup.gov.hr/vijesti/informacije-vezane-uz-buduce-odnose-ujedinjenog-kraljevstva-i-europske-unije/283276

2. Accepting first applications

Accepting applications for exchanging the temporary national residence permits and issue first permits afterwards (in order to replace any temporary documents under point c).-after 30 March 2019 (or another no deal Brexit date)

3. First permits to be issued

After 30 March 2019 (or another no deal Brexit date)

For more detailed information:

https://www.mup.hr/

Italy

(replied 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

(replied 2018.12.17, updated 2019.03.19)

Cyprus intends to protect, even in case of No Deal scenario the residence rights of UK nationals and their family members, including family members who are third country nationals in view of the UK leaving the European Union.

Cyprus is implementing the majority of the provisions of Draft WA. Legislation is being prepared which is based on the majority of the provisions of Draft WA and the directive 2004/38/EC and is expected to be submitted to the parliament for approval before the end of March 2019.  Residence documents under the directive 2004/38/EC will continue to be valid, until 31/12/2020. New applications for people covered by the new legislation will be accepted from 1/1/2021.

New residence documents will be issued to UK nationals and their family members, according to the legislation, based on regulation 1030/02.

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 according to the new legislation.

The Government of the Republic of Cyprus greatly appreciates that UK citizens have been undoubtedly contributing to the Cypriot society. In this sense, Cyprus wants to avoid the case where UK citizens and their family members who have been residing in Cyprus will have to fall back on rules applying to third country nationals. In considering this, the fact that these UK citizens have been residing in Cyprus in their capacity of EU citizens is much taken into account. Therefore, the Government’s clear priority is to ensure that UK citizens are treated fairly.

The Government will put forward a legislative proposal to protect, even in a case of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the residence rights of United Kingdom nationals and their family members, including family members who are third country nationals, by unilaterally implementing, as far as possible, the provisions of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement. The envisaged law is intended to apply to UK national and their family members, who are residing in Cyprus on 29 March 2019 in accordance with EU rules on free movement.

This will protect UK citizens and their family members who have already established their life in Cyprus at the time of UK’s withdrawal.

For more detailed information: https://brexit.com.cy/en/residence.html

Latvia

(replied 2018.12.18, updated 2019.01.30)

a). In order to ensure continued right to stay to UKinEU citizens, 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 UKinEU citizens 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 UKinEU citizens who resided in Latvia less than 5 years, will be issued national temporary residence permits, while the UKinEU citizens 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 UKinEU citizens 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 sent out starting from 30th March 2019.

2. Accepting first applications – from 1st June 2019

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

Please find a hyperlink to a relevant website page of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Republic of Latvia regarding a residence rights for UK citizens in case of no-deal:

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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.22)

a). On 6th March, the Government has approved the proposal of the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) on amendments to the Law concerning possible UK withdrawal process. 

Amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens seek primarily to regulate the legal status of the UK citizens and their family members residing in Lithuania and to ensure the most favourable conditions for them to remain and work in Lithuania. A transitional period of 9 months from the Brexit day will be provided for changing the legal status of affected persons, if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement.

To those UK citizens who already have the right to permanent residence in Lithuania permanent residence permits will be issued without an examining their knowledge of the state language or the fundamentals of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.

No state fee for the examination of the application and the formalization of the residence permit in Lithuania will be charged.

Amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens approved by the Government and other draft legislation related to the Brexit will still have to be approved by the Seimas at the Spring Session.

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). As for UKinEU communication, the Office of the Government drafted the communication strategy with concrete measures and timeframe. 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.

National communication website links:

https://vrm.lrv.lt/en/brexit-updated-2019-02-18

https://www.migracija.lt/index.php?-310651476

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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.14)

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

(replied 2018.12.17, last updated 2019.03.21)

The legislation on Brexit no-deal scenario including the status of residing British citizens was adopted by the Hungarian Parliament on 19 March 2019. The new scheme will be applied from the date of Withdrawal. According to the new law, in the framework of an amendment to the Act I of 2007 on free movement rights, British nationals and their family members who are resident at the time of Withdrawal will be entitled to obtain a national permanent residence permit on the basis of three years prior residence. The application shall be made no later than three years after the date of Withdrawal. Until the three-year period of residence is reached, previously issued documents (registration certificate/residence card/permanent residence card) will remain valid.

For a period of three years from the date of Withdrawal, additional family members may also acquire a national permanent residence permit under certain preferential conditions, if the family relationship to the settled British citizen already existed prior to the Withdrawal.

Further to this scheme EC long term residence is applied, also taking into account the period spent before Withdrawal.

Registration certificates issued to British nationals were notified to the Commission, in accordance with Article 39 of the Schengen Borders Code, as falling under the definition of article 2.16.b.

The general Hungarian Brexit website was launched, available also in English version.

http://eu.kormany.hu/brexit

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

(replied 2018.12.18, last updated 2019.02.28)

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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.22)

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. The legislation for the Dutch no-deal scenario has been published on March 13th.

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 has been 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. The Immigration Service has started from March 12th with sending these letters.

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 Service to process the applications spread out over the transition period. 

Administrative measures: The Immigration Service will attract 200 extra staff to handle the case load and customer relations.

Communication/outreach: The special website of the Immigration Service 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 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) has been 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. The letter that will serve as a temporary residence permit (letter 2) will be send to British citizens from 13 till 29 March. First applications will be accepted after 29 March and residence permits will be delivered right after the decision of the Immigration Service.

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

(replied 2018.12.13, last updated 2019.03.07)

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 draft law has passed the Nationalrat (first chamber of the Austrian Parliament) on February 27th without any changes. The hearing in the constitutional committee of the Bundesrat (second chamber of Austrian Parliament) is scheduled for March 12th, the hearing in the plenary for March 14th 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 gave presentations across all the federal states concerning residence rights and implications for social security in a no deal scenario (nine events all together). These presentations are available online on the homepage of the Federal Chancellery.

The British Embassy made a video recording of the presentation on residence rights which is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVhOhL_I6a0 It was also shared via the British Embassy’s Facebook page.

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 last event will take place on March 7th 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

(replied 2018.12.13, last updated 2019.03.20)

a) 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 settlement of certain matters in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community without conclusion of the agreement referred to in Art. 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union  has been drafted, which is scheduled to come into force on 30 March 2019. The draft Act was adopted by the lower house of Parliament on 15 March 2019.

Draft legislation provides for introducing a special period of time starting from the withdrawal date and ending on 31.12.2020 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 the British citizens and their family members will be entitled to apply for a temporary residence permit (for 5 years) 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 stamp will be placed in the travel document as well as special certificate will be issued in a secured form, with a validity of 1 year, confirming the submission of an application for the above mentioned temporary or permanent residence permits. The stamp and the certificate will be notified to the EC in accordance with art. 39 of the Schengen Border Code as temporary 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 legal stay 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.

c) The information campaign for UK nationals and they family members residing in Poland concerning their residence rights with regard to the Brexit started at the end of February. The information activities are conducted in accordance with the adopted plan with the use of communication channels of the government administration (Office for Foreigners and regional immigration offices), cooperation with the British Embassy, preparation of information materials and relations with the media as well as through social media. So far, three communications and an information brochure have been published, dedicated websites have been created and three information meetings with UK citizens were organized in March in the cooperation with the British Embassy. We focus on informing on possible changes in the rules of the stay of the UK nationals in Poland and the presentation of possible scenarios. Further information activities will be adapted to the development of the situation.

The information has been published on the website of the Office for Foreigners: https://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/brexit/ as well as on the websites of the regional immigration offices.

d) First applications for residence permits will be accepted starting from the 30th March 2019. Delivery of first permits will be possible after the 30th March 2019.

For more detailed information:

Webpage under preparation – not yet available.

Portugal

(replied 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

(replied 2018.12.19, last updated 2019.03.25)

The Romanian authorities will safeguard the rights of British citizens living in Romania on the Brexit date, in the spirit of reciprocity, even in the case of a no-deal scenario.

In this respect,  legislative provisions will be adopted and implemented through an Emergency Ordinance in order to ensure the continuity of UK citizens’ acquired rights and establish a swift transition from their status as EU citizens to holders of long-term residence permits (as third country nationals), thus minimizing the disruption of their daily lives and activities.

The envisaged legislative measures refer to the rights acquired by British citizens and their family members who have exercised their right to free movement on the territory of Romania prior to the date of UK withdrawal from the EU – so-called citizens with Brexit status (right of residence, access to the labour market, social security rights etc.).

Therefore, a transitional period until 31.12.2019 is envisaged during which the documents issued for British citizens and their family members under EU 38/2004 Directive (permanent residence cards, registration certificates and family members’ residence cards) will be valid. UK citizens and their family members who want to maintain their residence in Romania after the end of this time will have to apply for a temporary residence permit during the transition period. The application will entail a simplified procedure and will cost 259 RON (the document cost), an additional tax of 120 euro being eliminated. There will also be the usual checks regarding national security, public order and public health threats. Applications will be processed in a maximum of 30 days. The temporary permit will be valid for five years and will ensure the continuity of their right to reside in Romania. After five years of continuous residence in Romania, British citizens and their family members will be eligible for a long-term residence right.

To UK nationals who have resided in Romania for more than five years and/or hold permanent residence cards (under Directive 2004/38 / EC) it is intended to grant, under simplified procedures, a right of long-term residence based on their personal request during the transition period.

British citizens who have arrived in Romania before Brexit day and wish to stay, but have not yet registered, will have a grace period (three months after Brexit day, i.e. until 30 June 2019) during which they should apply directly for the five years temporary residence permit.

All British citizens residing on the Romanian territory at the time of withdrawal will have unrestricted access to the labour market, the temporary residence permit and the long-term residence allowing them to continue to live and work in Romania.

In order to inform the approximately 2500 British citizens registered in Romania about the new applicable legal regime, the Romanian competent authorities have undertaken the necessary measures for organising national information campaigns regarding the legal framework, the procedures and the deadlines for applications. The campaigns will be implemented by central and local media, relevant information also being published on the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs/ General Inspectorate for Immigration (accessible at: http://igi.mai.gov.ro/ro/content/brexit-no-deal )and via social networks, as well as displayed at the headquarters of the institution's territorial units. Moreover, an information campaign for the UK nationals about these measures is envisaged via individual letters containing all the necessary information.

Given the limited number of UK nationals and their family members, it is estimated that the administrative challenges will be managed with the existing human and logistic resources.SI (replied 2019.01.29, updated 2019.03.21)

a). On 20. 3. 2019 the Slovenian National Assembly adopted an Act Regulating Certain Issues in the event of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union Without Agreement. The Act stipulates a transitional one year period after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, during which citizens of the UK and their family members in Slovenia will continue to be able to reside in Slovenia legally on the basis of the registration certificates or residence permits that were issued to them as EU citizens or their family members. Since UK citizens will become third-country nationals on the day of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU without a withdrawal agreement, and their family members will become the family members of third-country nationals, the Act allows them to exchange their existing registration certificates and residence permits for residence permits which are issued to third-country nationals in the form of biometric ID cards (common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002).

Requests by UK citizens and their family members for registration certificates and residence permits issued to EU citizens and their family members under the current Foreigners Act (ZTuj-2) which have not been decided upon on the day of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU will (continue to) be processed under the conditions that apply to the issuance of those certificates and permits, and if the conditions for the issuance of a certificate or permit are met, they will be issued residence permits in the form of biometric ID cards (common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002).

UK citizens and their family members who do not have a registration certificate or a residence permit on the day of the withdrawal, and who are staying in Slovenia during the 90-day residence period, shall be until the expiry of the 90-day residence period allowed to submit applications for the issuance of a registration certificates or residence permits issued to EU citizens and their family members under the current Foreigners Act (ZTuj-2) and if the conditions for the issuance of a certificate or permit are met, they will be issued residence permits in the form of biometric ID cards (common format of Regulation (EC) 1030/2002).

UK citizens and their family members will (continue to) be allowed to subsequently obtain the status of long-term resident.

Upon expiry of the validity of a temporary residence permit issued to UK citizens of ZK and their family members pursuant to the provisions of this Act, the provisions of the valid ZTuj-2 applicable to foreign nationals who are not members of the EEA will apply to UK citizens and their family members. If, therefore, a UK citizen or a member of his family member wishes to reside in the Republic of Slovenia even after the expiry of the validity of the temporary residence permit as it is regulated by this Act, he will have to file an application in accordance with the ZTuj-2 for issuing a further temporary residence permit issued in accordance with the ZTuj-2 provisions applicable to foreigners, i.e. citizens of countries that are not members of the European Economic Area.

UK citizens and their family members who before the withdrawal of the UK from the EU do not have a valid registration certificate or residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen in Slovenia and who will enter Slovenia after the withdrawal of the UK from the EU shall, with respect to entry, residence and departure, be subject to the provisions of the ZTuj-2 applying to foreigners, i.e. citizens of countries that are not members of the European Economic Area.

b). The administrative burden will be tackled within the existing resources

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 (http://www.vlada.si/en/projects/the_united_kingdoms_decision_to_leave_the_eu_brexit/, http://www.mnz.gov.si/en/, www.infotujci.si). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy in Slovenia will be notified as well.

d). 1. 1. Communication and information: once it is known that there will be no agreement, information will be provided as described in point c)

2. Accepting first applications: from day after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU onwards.

3. Delivery of first permits: 30 or 60 days from the date of filing an application.

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

(replied 2018.12.13, last updated 2019.03.20)

a). On 13 March 2019, the Government of the Slovak Republic approved the draft amendment to Act no. 404/2011 on Residence of Foreigners, which addresses the residence of UK nationals in the 'no deal' case for Brexit.

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.

The Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic is preparing a draft official letter to be sent to all United Kingdom nationals residing in the Slovak Republic, which will contain information on the possibility of continuing the stay of United Kingdom nationals in the territory of the Slovak Republic after Brexite.

The Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic provided a clean-up of "Temporary residence document" (see annex) to be issued and sent to United Kingdom nationals residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic (in the case of a known address) and serving as a temporary residence document until a new residence document is available to the United Kingdom national. This document may also be used for travel to other Member States of the European Union.

 The chosen form of sending a Temporary residence document to a known address of UK nationals will help relieve them, since in this case they will avoid waiting at the Alien Police Departments.

In case, that competent Alien Police Department does not have a residence address for a United Kingdom national in the territory of the Slovak Republic, they may obtain a "Temporary Residence Document" at each of the Offices of the Border and Alien Police Directorate.

The Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic prepared documents for informing the public about the possibility of residence of United Kingdom nationals in the territory of the Slovak Republic after Brexite, which should be published in the media.

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

(replied 2018.12.14, last updated 2019.03.18)

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 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 for a fixed time. The Act applies to UK citizens and their family members who have registered their residence before the withdrawal date. By this Act UK citizens are 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. The right of residence enables them to continue receiving social security benefits.

The Parliament of Finland has adopted the Act. On 29 March 2019, the President is expected to confirm the Act. The Act would come into force next day, on 30 March 2019. The Act is applied from the date the UK withdraws from the EU without an agreement, so it takes into consideration the possibility that the withdrawal from EU without an agreement happens later than 30 March 2019.

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.

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.

Links:

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

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

https://stm.fi/en/brexit2

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

On 25 February, there was a press conference relating on citizens' rights and on businesses.

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

(replied 2018.12.13, last updated 2019.03.20)

a–d). On 7 March, the Government adopted a regulation which states that UK citizens who were resident in Sweden on the basis of EU-law on the day of withdrawal will be exempt from the obligation to have residence and work permit in Sweden. This exemption will apply for a period of one year from the date of withdrawal as long as the conditions for residence rights according to EU-law are fulfilled. The purpose of this regulation is to give affected UK citizens and their family members time to adjust to the new situation, for instance to apply for residence and work permits. The regulation has special provisions concerning children. A child who is born after Brexit to a UK citizen who is covered by the exemption, will have the same right to reside in Sweden as the parent. The same applies for children under 18 who are currently not living in Sweden but who, during the one-year grace period, want to join a UK parent covered by the exemption. To facilitate travels abroad and return to Sweden, those UK citizens who are covered by the exemption may ask for a proof of this. This proof will be in the form of a stamp which will be inserted in the passport by the Swedish Migration Agency. The stamp has been communicated to the Schengen secretariat.

There are also some legislative amendments underway. The main purpose of these amendments is to clarify that periods of legal residence of UK citizens in SE before Brexit are considered as periods of legal residence in SE in accordance with Directive 2003/109/EC concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents. This is with reference to the Commission preparedness note of 13 November 2018.

Information regarding contingency measures is 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/

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