Agreement on rights for EU citizens and their families post 29th March 2019
The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizen’s rights in negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. I have set out details below.
The agreement reached for EU citizens and their families is:
People who, by 29 March 2019, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. This means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.
People who arrive by 29 March 2019, but would not have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019.
EU citizens with settled status or temporary permission to stay would have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.