EU residency rights climb down

  • Joanne Baker-Gabb
  • Thursday, April 19th, 2018

There has been another update to rights of EU Citizens arriving in the UK during the Implementation Period.  The government released a Policy Statement on 28 Feb 2018 which announced a change in approach as regards the rights of EU citizens and their families during the Implementation Period which commences after the withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019.

The key point to be aware of is that there will be a new registration scheme for EU nationals which is supposed to be compatible with EU Directive 2004/38/EC (Article 8). This will enable EU citizens and their families who register during this time to obtain indefinite leave to remain after “five years’ continuous and lawful residence”. This is a shift from the previous indication of a limited status within this time period.

Hopefully this change will prove useful to employers of staff from overseas.