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Brexit

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU. During the transition period that runs until 31 December, British citizens in Sweden have essentially the same rights as before. Even after the transition period, those who fulfil the conditions of the Withdrawal Agreement will be able to live, work and study in Sweden.

The Withdrawal Agreement reached in January 2020 contains provisions that in a practical sense mean that the UK remains part of the EU cooperation during the transition period, which runs until the end of the year. This means that British citizens, and their family members with third-country citizenship, currently have essentially the same rights as they had before. They will thereby be able to stay, work and study in Sweden without requiring a residence and work permit.

Even after the transition period, British citizens, and their family members, will be able to retain the right to live, work and study in Sweden – this applies to those who have a right of residence in Sweden before 31 December 2020. According to the Withdrawal Agreement, each Member State must formulate a procedure to make this possible. Now, it has been decided what the Swedish procedure will look like.

Read about how the Swedish procedure is structured

Frequently asked ques­tions on what applies during the transition period

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 2020-11-13

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