What will happen to EU nationals living in the UK?
There is no firm statement by the UK government about the future status of EU nationals currently living in the UK. The UK government has stated that it is not possible to give any such guarantees without a reciprocal pledge from the EU Member States about the UK nationals living in the EU.
EU nationals with a right to permanent residence, which is granted after they have lived in the UK for five years, should be able to remain in the UK.
What will happen to UK nationals living in the EU?
UK nationals living across Europe are naturally concerned about what might happen to their rights following Brexit vote, including their rights regarding freedom of movement, residency and other personal affairs.
Again, this very much depends on the deal being negotiated between the EU and the UK. We expect a deal to depend on reciprocity, ie that any rights of EU nationals to live in the UK will be similar to the rights of UK nationals to live in the EU.
Will UK nationals need a visa to travel in the EU?
Although there may be some restrictions for UK nationals to live and work in the EU, it seems very unlikely that there will be restrictions for UK nationals to travel in the EU.
What seems more likely is that a deal similar to what many countries outside the European Economic Area has, whereby their nationals can visit the EU for up to 90 days without a visa will be agreed. However, we would expect that any deal would depend on reciprocity, ie that the same rights are given to EU nationals wanting to travel to the UK.
Nobody knows the outcome of the EU-UK negotiations at this stage. However, what is certain is that issues such as business, immigration, security, defence, health, education, science, the environment, farming and fishing represent some difficult talks ahead. We will naturally follow developments with interest and expect to write about developments as and when negotiations take place.
In the meantime, should you want any information about Malta’s residence options and programmes such as the Residence Programme, the Global Residence Programme, the Malta Retirement Programme and the Malta Residence and Visa Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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