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Brexit meets Covid-19: UK immigration implications for EU citizens

Coinciding with the end of free movement for EU nationals and their family members, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, something which no-one could have foreseen when the UK officially left the EU in January this year.

As matters stand, at 11pm on 31 December 2020, the transition period between the UK and the EU will end, and EU nationals and their family members will no longer be able to benefit from the principle of free movement in order to move to the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme sets out the rights for EU citizens from 2021.  For EU nationals and their family members who want to obtain settled status in the UK, they must have lived in the UK for a continuous five year period which started before 31 December 2020, and where no supervening event has occurred. 

To read how we see Covid-19 (and a second wave) would affect UK immigration for EU nationals please click on the link below.

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