10 things to know on how BREXIT is going to impact EU citizenship

  1. There has been no change to the rights and status of EU citizens and UK citizens as a result of the referendum. The situation will stay as it is through the formal process of leaving the EU (triggered by the Article 50 and that will last two years) and until the negotiations related to Article 50 have been concluded.
  2. The UK government has reassured that EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU states will be protected BY GOV 11th JULY
  3. EU citizens who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least 5 years automatically have a permanent right to reside, with no requirement to register for documentation to confirm this status.
  4. EU citizens who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least 6 years are eligible to apply for British citizenship if they would like to do so. More information.
  5. EU citizens continue to have a right to reside in the UK in accordance with EU law. EU nationals do not need to register for any documentation in order to enjoy their free movement rights and responsibilities.
  6. Non-EU family members of EU citizens must continue to apply for a family permit if they wish to enter the UK under EU law, and they do not have a residence card issued by a member state. There has been no change to government policy or processes, and applications will continue to be processed as usual.
  7. Irish nationals enjoy separate rights allowing those residing in the UK to be treated in the same way as British citizens in most circumstances.
  8. Croatian citizens might continue to need to apply for a registration certificate to be allowed to work in the UK under the transitional arrangements that were put in place when Croatia joined the EU in 2013.
  9. There has been no change to the right of EU citizens to reside in the UK and therefore no change to the circumstances in which someone could be removed from the UK.
  10. As was the case before the referendum, EU citizens can only be removed from the UK if they are considered to pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to the public, if they are not lawfully resident or are abusing their free movement rights.
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Brexit protest 2_ by Garon S available on Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.brexit2
June-2016_0007 by Ed Everett, available on Flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution Attribution 2.0 Generic.