11 November 2020

Residence status is being introduced for British citizens after Brexit

The Swedish Parliament has now made a decision on what will apply for British citizens after Brexit. A new form of right to live in Sweden makes it possible for British citizens to continue living, working and studying here. The application will open on 1 december.

When the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU entered into effect on 1 February 2020, a transition period began that extends until 31 December 2020. During this time, British citizens in the various Member States essentially have the same rights as before Brexit.

According to the withdrawal agreement, the EU Member States shall make it possible for British citizens and their family members to continue living, working and studying in these States even after the transition period. On 11 November, the Swedish Parliament decided to approve the proposal that the Swedish Government had prepared for this.

“According to the decision, a new form of right to live in Sweden for British citizens and their families is being introduced. This right, which is called residence status, will be valid for an indefinite period of time, but the actual certificate needs to be renewed after five years,” explains Camilla Odin, Legal Expert at the Swedish Migration Agency.

To be able to obtain residence status, the applicant must live in Sweden in accordance with European Union law no later than 31 December of this year, when the transition period ends. But it will be possible to submit an application as early as 1 December.

“This is most easily done through the online application that is on migrationsverket.se. It has been specially prepared for these cases and makes the handling as fast and smooth as possible. Among other things, one can apply for the entire family at the same time,” says Jonas Colling, in charge of coordination Brexit at the Swedish Migration Agency.

The application period will, according to a proposal from the Swedish Government, extend until 30 September 2021. During that time, British citizens who live in Sweden before the end of the year, and their family members, continue to have a right to live, work and study in Sweden without any special permit being necessary to do so.

Read more about requirements and the application for residence status.