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, what rights and entitlements a non-UK EU citizen will have who arrived in the UK before the specified date but has not lived in the UK for five years.

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

Those EU citizens who arrived and became a resident before the specified date but who have not accrued five years’ continuous residence at the time of the UK’s exit will be able to apply for temporary status in order to remain resident in the UK until they have accumulated five years, after which they will be eligible to apply for settled status.

EU citizens on this pathway to settled status will continue to be able to access the same benefits that they can access now. If these individuals go on to acquire settled status, they will then be able to access benefits on the same terms as comparable UK residents.

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