IMPACT – MEDIUM
A document drafted by the U.K. Home Office indicates how the government envisions managing and limiting EU migration after Brexit. The 82-page document was leaked and published in The Guardian newspaper Tuesday.
As previously outlined in a U.K. proposal paper, a transition period of two to three years after Brexit would provide a phased introduction of immigration rules for EU nationals who would need to register during the transition. Following the transition period, high-skilled EU nationals would be able to apply for residence permits valid for three to five years; low-skilled EU nationals could apply for residence permits valid for up to two years.
Non-EU family members
BAL Analysis: The document largely mirrors the negotiating proposal the U.K. set out June 26, but provides greater detail. The greatest impact would be on low-skilled EU migrants whose numbers would be more strictly limited and would not have a path to settlement, while high-skilled EU nationals in occupations aligned with the Tier 2 occupations for non-EU nationals would enjoy some flexibility and a path toward settlement after three to five years.
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