Brexit: message to British citizens
On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom announced its decision to leave the European Union. The deadline for withdrawal from the EU (Brexit) has recently been extended to 31 January 2020. The aim of the withdrawal agreement is to ensure as much as possible the rights of the British citizens and their family members. It includes a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which these British citizens retain their right of free movement and residence.
- If you already have a residence permit in Belgium at the time of the withdrawal (Brexit), nothing will change for you
- If you submit a residence permit request before 31 December 2020, your request will be treated in the same way as before Brexit
All British citizens and their family members lawfully residing in Belgium at the end of the transition period will be considered as beneficiaries of the withdrawal agreement.
After the transition period
After the transition period, British citizens who have already been registered will receive a new residence permit with a note on the withdrawal. They will be invited by letter to present themselves at the municipal administration of their place of residence. All those involved must have received their new card by 30 June 2021.
In summary: after the transition phase - which ends on 31 December 2020 - you retain your right of residence. The only difference is that you receive a new residence document.
Other specific situations will be the subject of international agreements (application for a residence permit after 31 December 2020,...).
- Impact of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on the right to reside of British citizens in Belgium with a withdrawal agreement
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