Continue to live in the UK after Brexit

There are immigration rules you need to be aware of, if you would like to continue to live in the UK after Brexit. Especially, if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland and is running a UK business.

Unless, you have obtained your British passport or you are an Irish citizen. Then, you do not need to do anything to continue to live in the UK after Brexit.

EU countries

The (European Union) EU countries include:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

EEA countries

Whereas, the (European Economic Area) EEA countries include:

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway

Switzerland

Switzerland is neither EU or EEA member but is part of the Single market. This means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

In summary, the Single market is made up of 28 countries which allows free movements of goods, capital, services and people between member states. UK is leaving the single market economic and political union.

Permanent residence document

For example, you hold a valid permanent residence document issued by the UK Home Office. For Brexit purpose, your permanent residence document would not be valid after 31 December 2020.

Types of permanent residence documents include:

  • a certificate inside your blue residence documentation booklet or pink for Swiss national.
  • a certificate inside your passport
  • a biometric residence card confirming permanent residence.

Continue to live in the UK after 30 June 2021

Thereafter, you would need to either, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or apply for British citizenship to continue living in the UK.

For this purpose, the EU settlement scheme is open and you can apply now. Do not wait until the last minute.

You can still apply for your British passport at a later date after you applied to stay under the EU settlement scheme.

On the other hand, If you would not wish to continue to live in the UK after Brexit, you can stay in the UK until 30 June 2021.

Travel to Europe after Brexit

New passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit. This rule applies if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If you travel frequently to Europe for your international businesses then you would need to be aware of this new passport rule. Also, take a look at the guidance issued by Companies House on what to expect and how to deal with the transition for companies with EU connection if Brexit with no deal.

Generally, under this new rule, you would need to have at least 6 months left on your passport. This applies to an adult and a child passport.

Do check your passport before travelling. You may have to renew your passport if you plan to travel to Europe after Brexit and your passport is expiring in less than 6 months.

In some cases, you may require to apply for a new passport before travelling to the country that enforces this new passport rule. You may apply for your new passport online or by post. Ordinarily, new passport application takes about 3 weeks. However, Home Office provides fast track passport application service called to get a passport urgently that takes 1 week to get your passport and you must attend an interview for this application.

Do not book your travel unless your passport meets the destination country’s entry requirements.

European countries that adopt 6 months passport rules after brexit

The new passport rules apply the following countries in Europe.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Exception

The six months passport rule does not apply when you travel to Ireland after Brexit.

Brexit with no deal scenario

Companies House has issued a guidance to prepare UK companies in the event of brexit with no deal scenario. Of course, we are all desire the best deal scenario that is UK would leave EU with a deal. Deal or no deal on Brexit, we all recognize that UK government is moving the country forward independently which is a great move. We have great confidence that UK will roar with deal or no deal. We can do it!

Deal or no deal?

Brexit may have created uncertainty. With deal or no deal, this will soon pass. We, human beings can adapt to changes fairly quickly. If we can adapt then your business can adapt too because you are the one driving your business forward.

Changes affect companies on Brexit

Companies House has issued a guidance for businesses that may require to change its legal status in the event of Brexit with no deal scenario.

At the moment, according to the guidance, businesses that may be affected are as follows.

  • A European entity formed under EU Law
  • A UK company with an EEA corporate officer
  • A UK company involved in a cross border merger
  • A EEA company

The guidance outlined what is going to happen to the businesses fall under the categories mentioned above. Thus, it is worth reading the guidance to find out what you would need to prepare and how you are going to do it on Brexit. In addition, the guidance also outlined what is going to happen if you do nothing about it.

Changes to Companies House forms

Companies House forms will change in the event of Brexit with no deal. For this purpose, Companies House has also issued a guidance on what forms changes on Brexit. For easy reference, the guidance categorized the forms into the following.

  • Corporate officers
  • Societas Europaea (SE)
  • European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)
  • Confirmation statement
  • Cross border mergers
  • Overseas companies
  • Discontinued forms after Brexit.

Click here for the guidance on changes to Companies House forms in the event of no-deal Brexit. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Companies House or our accountants.

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