Brexit

At the end of January, the withdrawal agreement negotiated by the European Council and the British government was approved. This means that the UK is leaving the EU, but during a transition period. UK nationals and their family members essentially keep the rights they previously had as EU citizens.

The approved agreement regulates the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the UK during a transition period after the UK has left the EU. The transition period begins when the agreement enters into effect and will continue until 31 December 2020, with a possibility of extension.

During this period, the UK will remain in the EU cooperation in a practical sense. This means that UK nationals and their close relatives who are third-country nationals largely keep the rights they previously had. They will thereby be able to stay, work and study in Sweden without requiring a residence and work permit.

According to the withdrawal agreement, each member state will formulate a procedure that makes it possible for UK nationals to keep their rights even after the transition period. It is the Government that decides what Sweden’s procedure will look like. This website will be updated when more information on this is available.

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Frequently asked questions

  • As a UK national, do I need to do anyt­hing now to be permitted to stay and work or study in Sweden?

    No, you and your close relatives from a third country do not need to apply for a permit to be allowed to stay, work and study in Sweden during a transition period at least until the end of 2020.

  • Do I need to do anything to be able to travel?

    No, you do not need to do anything to be able to travel since Brexit is being implemented with an agreement. According to the rules in this agreement, you and your relatives can travel as usual during the transition period.

  • What will happen after the transition period?

    According to the withdrawal agreement, each member state will formulate a procedure that makes it possible for UK nationals to be able to keep their rights even after the transition period. It is the Government that decides what Sweden’s procedure will look like. The Swedish Migration Agency’s website will be updated as soon as more information is available.

  • What applies for UK nationals who want to move to Sweden during the tran­si­tion period?

    During the transition period, the same rules apply as before the withdrawal, which means that UK nationals can continue to move to Sweden to live, work or study here.

  • Can UK nationals now already apply for resi­dence permits accor­ding to Swedish legis­la­tion, such as a work permit?

    During the transition period, UK nationals and their close relatives do not need to apply for a permit to live, work or study in Sweden.

    According to the withdrawal agreement, each member state will formulate a procedure that makes it possible for UK nationals to be able to keep their rights even after the transition period. It is the Government that decides what Sweden’s procedure will look like. The Swedish Migration Agency recommends UK nationals to await information about this to see how they can best keep their rights after the transition period. The Swedish Migration Agency’s website will be updated as soon as more information is available.

  • What does the agreement mean for me as a UK national and for my family?

    During the transitional period, the same rules as before apply. Both you and your family members from a third country therefore have a right of residence until 31 December.

  • Is Swedish legislation changing in any way?

    As a UK national you will continue to be covered by the definition of EU/EEA citizens in Swedish aliens legislation during the transitional period. In the case of family members with citizenship in a third country, the same rules as before apply.

    This means, for instance, that

    • you are allowed to apply for a residence permit from inside Sweden.
    • you do not have to pay a fee when applying for a residence permit and a work permit.
    • your right of residence can be equated with a permanent residence permit in a decision on Swedish citizenship during the transitional period.
  • What applies to family members of UK nationals in relation to the Schengen regulations?

    During the transitional period family members of UK nationals will be covered by the rules that apply to family members of EU/EEA citizens.

Last updated: 2020-03-02

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