If you are a EU citizen working in the UK or UK citizen working in the EU currently (i.e. before the 31st Dec 2020), you need to have applied for residency or settled status before 30th June 2021 to avoid any immigration concerns beyond June 2021.
You will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement if you are a UK national lawfully residing in another EU country by the end of the transition period, on 31 December 2020.
The Withdrawal Agreement secures your rights and allows you to stay in the EU country where you live after 31 January 2020. You will continue to have broadly the same entitlements to work, study and access public services and benefits as before the UK left the EU.
The transition period
The Withdrawal Agreement outlines a time-limited transition period before the changes relating to Brexit formally take place. This period ends on 1st January 2021.
During the transition period, you can move to a different EU country as you could before 30 June 2021.
What should UK citizens know about travelling and working in the EU from January 2021?
If you have the permanent right to live in a country, you will be able to exchange your residency documents for a new one, at no cost, before 30 June 2021. You may need to provide proof of identity and undertake security and criminality checks.
3. Can family members join?
The withdrawal agreement allows for close family members to join you after the transition period ends. Close family members are outlined as
Spouses or registered partners
Dependent children or grandchildren
Dependent parents or grandparents
If you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, your children are also protected by the agreement, if you have custody of the children. This includes adopted children.
4. Pensions and benefits
If you are already living in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland by 31st December 2020 you will continue to receive a UK State Pension with full annual increases.
Your UK State Pension will be uprated every year for as long as you continue to live there.
The state pension and associated uprating is also available for those who qualify to start claiming after 1st January 2021.
If you are working in an EEA state, or Switzerland, by 31st December 2020 you will be able to count future social security contributions towards the qualifying conditions for your UK State Pension.
If you are living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland by 31 December 2020, you will continue to receive any UK benefits you already receive. This will continue for as long as you live there and meet all other eligibility requirements.
If you are paid a pension or benefit by Switzerland or an EEA state, you will need to check what you need to do to continue receiving these after 31st December 2020. The UK government country guides can help you find this information.
Rules about property ownership, rent, taxation and shared ownership are unchanged. However, if you are buying a property some EU countries have differing property acquisition laws so it is recommended you check with local authorities.
Wills made under UK law remain valid, including wills that apply to property in the EU.
UK inheritance tax rules have not changed.
Existing double taxation agreements that the UK has with all UK countries is unchanged.
Unsure what to do next?
It is highly recommended that you seek the latest government advice by visiting the UK government website
If you are you an Airswift contractor or client and have specific questions about your situation, you can contact your relevant service consultant.