No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit
19th September 2019
The Government has announced its new policy on EU nationals coming to the UK after Brexit.
The key phrase on ID cards is:
‘The UK will also be phasing out the use of EEA national identity cards for travel to the UK. This will happen during 2020. More details will be provided in due course.’
It will be interesting to see what they mean by “phasing out during 2020” but it suggests a level of complexity which could be difficult convey to visitors.
The main new policy in the paper is to outline arrangements for a transition period between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2020 during which EU nationals will be able to move to the UK and live, study and work as they do now by applying for a 36 month temporary immigration status: European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR).
This TLR can be used as a route to applying for permanent settled status.
Other tourism-related points in the paper:
- EU citizens will be able to use e-Gates if they are travelling on a biometric passport
- They will not face routine intentions testing which will help queuing times
- The blue EU customs channel will be removed so everyone (including UK nationals) will have to go through the red and green channels in future.