Immigration: EU Nationals

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraph 6 of his Department's policy paper entitled Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether non-UK EU nationals will continue to benefit from the right to equal treatment in the UK after the specified date.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Our offer applies to all EU citizens equally. We will not treat citizens of one member state differently to those of another, except regarding the special arrangements for Irish nationals. Our offer clearly sets out that EU citizens who have settled status will be treated the same as comparable UK nationals.

We have set out a fair offer to protect the rights and entitlements of EU nationals living in the UK. Settled status will be offered to those that have been continuously resident in the UK for 5 years. Those that have been here for less will be eligible for temporary leave which allows them to remain in the UK with the same broad set of rights and entitlements as they do now until they can get settled status.

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