United Kingdom – End of Permanent Residency Right for European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals on the horizon

What has changed
According to widespread media reports, the British government is planning to commence formal separation from the European Union (EU) on March 15, 2017. While there has been no formal announcement, it is expected that European Economic Area (EEA) nationals entering the United Kingdom (UK) after the date of separation will no longer be able to acquire permanent residency status in the UK. Currently, any EEA national who has spent five (5) years in the UK as a ‘qualified person’ automatically acquires permanent residency status.
Who is affected?
  • EEA nationals who are currently residing within UK and have not yet qualified for permanent residency status
  • EEA nationals who will enter the UK after the date of formal separation from the EU

What to expect

The separation process is expected to take two (2) years. An immediate impact on EEA nationals’ right to come and work in the UK during this time is unlikely, but it is not yet known what immigration requirements will apply to these migrants over the long term.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Employers should check their EU migrant workforce and consider applying for registration certificates for those who do not have permanent residence status.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.