UK will NOT end freedom of movement on Brexit day according to Home Office

Many Media Outlets reported recently that the UK Home Office said on 19 August that “EU freedom of movement would end immediately in a no-deal Brexit”. Since then, the Home Office has released a statement as follow: “We know many of you have seen the reports in the media about plans to end freedom of movement after the UK leaves the EU and what the immigration system will look like after 31 October.

Firstly, we want to offer reassurance that EEA and Swiss citizens resident here will have the absolute certainty of the right to live and remain here. Please be advised that as long as EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, are resident in the UK before 31 October 2019, they will still have until 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now after Brexit.

Details of other changes immediately after 31 October and improvements to the previous Government’s plans for a new immigration system are being developed.”

For more information and factsheets, please see here.

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