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UK Announces 3-Year Visas for EU Citizens after No-Deal Brexit


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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:23 GMT

Britain's government on Wednesday, September 4th announced a three-year immigration scheme to cover most European citizens willing to come to Britain after a no-deal Brexit, AFP reported.

According to this measure, immigrants and their close family members from the European Economic Area (EEA), which comprises EU nations, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, will be allowed to apply to live and work in Britain and reassure their business for up to three years.

Britain's Interior Ministry said the measure, set to run until the end of 2020, signalled "the end of free movement in its current form" from EEA member states. "Citizens of those states moving to the UK after we have left the EU and up until the end of 2020 will be able to obtain a temporary immigration status lasting three years," it said in a statement.

"This will give businesses certainty that they will be able to recruit and retain staff after Brexit."

EU citizens could still visit Britain on short trips after Brexit without applying for the scheme, the ministry said.

"A tougher criminality threshold" would also be applied post-Brexit for European citizens "in order to keep out and deport those who commit crimes," it added.

The Interior Ministry said applications for new three-year stays, which will open after Britain has left the EU, will involve "a simple online process" involving identity, security, and criminality checks.

The newly arrived European citizens who want to stay after their temporary status expires will need to apply under a new skills-based immigration system that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is planning, it said. "In the future, we will introduce a new points-based immigration system built around the skills and talent people have―not where they are from."

More than one million EU citizens already living in Britain before Brexit can remain indefinitely with a separate “settled status” scheme already launched, according to the ministry.

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