Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress his Department has made in reviewing the potential effect of the salary threshold for EU citizens after 29 March 2019 on recruitment in the arts sector.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

In the event that a deal is reached with the European Union (EU) on withdrawing from the bloc, there will be an implementation period between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020 during which nothing will change regarding the ability of EU citizens to come and work in the UK, including those working in the arts sector.

If the UK leaves the EU without agreeing a deal, the arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after 29 March 2019, whether for holidays or for short visits, for work or study, of up to three months, will not look any different for a transitional period until the new skills-based immigration system is implemented in 2021. However, to stay longer than three months, EU citizens newly arrived in this transitional period will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which, subject to identity and criminality checks, will mean that they can remain here, including to work or study, for a further 36 months.

In either scenario, there will be no minimum salary threshold for those coming here to work.

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