Brexit: Immigration if there is no deal

The U.K. is not the only country affected if it exits the EU with no deal. Several governments have published plans that will take effect after March 29, 2019. We look at what the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Poland are doing to minimize the impact of a no-deal outcome on U.K. citizens planning to work and reside in the countries.


Czech Republic

The Czech government confirmed there will be a transition period of 21 months, during which U.K. citizens registered in the country will be required to apply for a residence permit.

U.K. citizens residing in the Czech Republic for five years or more can apply for a permanent residence permit. U.K. citizens who have been in the country for less than five years must apply for a local residence permit. Eligibility criteria will be the same as for non-EU applicants.

U.K. citizens holding an EU temporary residence permit can continue employment and stay in the Czech Republic until December 30, 2020. The same applies to any non-EU family members holding a corresponding permit.

Key considerations 

Czech employers planning to offer employment to a U.K. citizen should be aware that an EU temporary residence certificate application is required.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (language: Czech).

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA.


Luxembourg

The transition period will be 12 months. This time allows U.K. citizens and their non-EU family members to continue to work and reside in Luxembourg after March 29, 2019. After this period a residence permit must be applied for. The application, however, must be filed before December 31, 2019.

No confirmation has been published on whether U.K. citizens residing in Luxembourg for five years or longer will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit.

Key considerations

Please note that both a residence permit and work authorization is required for U.K. citizens and their non-EU family members.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Luxembourg Government.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA.


Poland

The transition period will be 12 months. This time allows U.K. citizens and their non-EU family members to continue to work and reside in Poland. After this period a residence permit and work authorization must be applied for.

U.K. citizens residing in Poland for five years or longer can apply for a permanent residence permit. Eligibility criteria will be the same as for EU nationals.

U.K. citizens who have been in the country for less than five years can apply for a special, three-year temporary permit. After three years, the permit holder will qualify for a standard national type under the same eligibility criteria as non-EU nationals.

Key considerations

U.K. citizens who plan to work and reside in Poland after March 29, 2019, should ensure that they hold the necessary documents for registration:

  • Confirmation of insurance
  • Purpose of stay (e.g. work or study confirmation, has a Polish spouse, etc.)
  • Completed questionnaire
  • A valid passport

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Polish Government (language: Polish).

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA.


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