The United Kingdom exited the European Union on 1 February 2020, after the withdrawal agreement was approved.
Although the United Kingdom has no longer been considered a Member State of the European Union as of this date, the withdrawal agreement provides for a transition period from 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020.
During the transition period, British citizens and their family members retain their rights to free movement and residence under the same conditions as before Brexit. Unlike British nationals residing in other EU countries, they are not required to complete any procedures to enjoy these benefits.
After the transition period, British citizens will be considered third-country nationals and subject to the conditions applicable to the them.
Nonetheless, British nationals and their family members who are registered in Belgium before 31 December 2020 will, in principle, retain their residence rights. The objective of the withdrawal agreement is to preserve the acquired rights of British nationals and their family members insofar as possible following the transition period.
According to the Immigration Office website, it is possible that, around December 2020, British nationals and their family members will be invited individually to submit a request for a new residence permit from the municipality as beneficiaries of the withdrawal agreement. Their current residence permits will remain in effect prior to this invitation.
Altea can offer expert advice to the many British nationals and their family members who reside or are seeking to reside in Belgium about their right of residence (unlimited or limited) and about preserving their right to Belgian nationality.
The information provided thus far remains provisional, given that not all of the measures necessary to execute the withdrawal agreement in Belgium have been implemented. The EU and the UK also plan to carry out negotiations during the transition period concerning the future framework of their relationship. As such, further details and changes are to be expected.
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