The end of free movement

by | 30 Aug 2019

Freedom of movement is going to end on 31 October 2019 when the UK leaves the EU.

What does this mean?

a) Entering the UK before 31st October 2019. 
The UK Government has confirmed that all EU citizens and their family members who have entered the UK before 31 October 2019 will be eligible to apply to remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. They will have up until 30 June 2021 to apply.

b) Entering the UK after 31st October 2019.
Although we await clear guidance from the UK Government, there is a European Commission proposal that an EU national who enters the UK after 31 October 2019 would be allowed to stay for up to 90 days in any 180 day period and a visa or permit to stay for longer to work or study will be required. However, it has been hinted in a statement on the 19 August (see below) that these plans maybe abandoned for a more hardline approach which could mean all EU nationals requiring a visa to work in the UK from day one.

What does K2 have to say?

K2 would suggest all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are currently in the UK should be strongly encouraged by their employer to make an application under the settlement scheme before the 31 October as this route is guaranteed until that date.

Although the application process is relatively straightforward, we’re supporting our clients by conducting workshops with their employees to provide guidance on the application process and required documentation.

The Home Office have released a new tool for anyone who is concerned with how Brexit will impact their immigration status as well as what businesses will need to do to be ready for Brexit. We have provided a link of this new checking tool further below.

If you would like to discuss how we can support you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.


Read the latest UK Government publication on the end of freedom of movement.

Use this checker to find out what you or your business will need to do to get ready for Brexit

Contact us for help with any issue raised in this article on +44 (0)20 3151 6794 or email


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