Wondering what the departure of the UK means for EU Treaty Rights applicants in Ireland?
The UK left the EU at 11 pm on Friday 31st January 2020. Over the last couple of weeks I have received a spike in queries from clients wondering how the UK's departure from the EU will affect their immigration status in Ireland.
In response to my query the EU Treaty Rights Division (who kindly responded on 31st January) state that:
"on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement, a transition period will apply which is to last until at least 31st December 2020."
Further the EU Treaty Rights Division state that during:
"this transition or implementation period, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK. References to Member States in Union law are deemed to include the UK during the transition period. This means that British citizens will still benefit from the Freedom of Movement Directive until the transition period ends. During this period, the non-EEA family members of British citizens who are residing in this State are also subject to the provisions of the Directive and the exercise of EU Treaty rights and entitlements and therefore the same application process that exists at present."
The EU Treaty Rights Division have since released an Information Notice Notice and say that details of further arrangements for non-EEA family members of British citizens will be announced closer to the end of the transition period.
If you have any questions on Brexit or EU Treaty Rights please do get in touch.