A policy paper published by the Home Office on September 4, outlines new immigration rules for EU citizens and their family members. According to the updated policy, after October 31 2019 EU citizens may enter the UK without a visa and there will be no changes to the border-crossing procedures. However, EU citizens moving to the UK after October 31 2019 may experience stricter rules on criminality.
In order to stay in the UK beyond October 31 2020, EU citizens have to apply for a temporary immigration status – European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro LTR). This allows them to stay in the UK for 36 months. Alternatively, EU citizens can apply for immigration status under the new point-based immigration system before December 31, 2020. However, applicants will only have to apply under the new immigrations system if their previously granted Euro LTR is expiring.
Irish citizens are not affected by the new rules and are able to live and work in the UK as they do now.
Another key point of the new policy paper is Right to work checks (RTWC). Until October 31 2020, employers may continue to accept EU/EEA passports or ID cards. A distinction between EU/EEA citizens who moved to the UK before or after Brexit is not necessary and a RTWC is not needed retrospectively after January 1st 2021. Starting January 1st 2021, employers will need EU/EEA national’s UK immigration status; EU passports or ID cards will no longer be accepted then.