EU migrants arriving after Brexit will be able to stay in the UK for up to three years in a no-deal scenario, Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Sajid Javid said.
“We need to take a practical approach and minimise disruption to ensure the UK stays open for business. That is why we will introduce time-limited transitional arrangements and grant EU citizens coming after March 29 temporary leave,” Javid said.
For an interim period, EU citizens will be able to enter the UK as they do now.
But following the end of free movement, those wishing to stay longer than three months will need to apply for permission under a new European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme.
EU citizens wishing to extend their stay beyond three years will have to make a further application under the new “skills-based” immigration system, which is due to be introduced from 2021.