On 28 January 2019, the UK government produced guidance on the temporary immigration system they will put in place for EU nationals in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario.
The GOV.UK guidance can be found here: European Temporary Leave to Remain in the UK.
EEA (and Swiss) citizens arriving in the UK after exit day will be able to enter initially for a 3-month period.
If you intend to stay in the UK for longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’. This will be granted for a period of 36 months.
If you want to stay in the UK for more than 36 months, you will need to apply for an immigration status under the new immigration system, which will come into effect from 1 January 2021. Those who do not qualify will need to leave the UK when their European Temporary Leave to Remain expires.
You’ll need to apply if you:
- are an EEA citizen and
- arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU and
- want to stay in the UK for more than 3 months.
You’ll not be eligible if you are a serious or persistent criminal or a threat to national security.
Irish citizens will not need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain. They will continue to have the right to enter and live in the UK under Common Travel Area arrangements.
This guidance is for the sole use of University of Brighton applicants and students. It is a guide only and must be used in conjunction with the information referenced on the gov.uk website. The information in this guidance is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. However, the University of Brighton accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy.