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EU tourists can come to the UK visa-free post Brexit

August 21, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The Government has announced that it plans to continue to allow EU citizens to travel to the UK for tourism purposes without the need to apply for a visa once UK have left the EU. At present EU citizens have the right to enter the UK freely and take up employment or study, without having to apply for a visa, post Brexit, so to work or study EU nationals will need to comply with any immigration rules that are introduced by the UK Government.

However, as part of Brexit, the UK wants to control migration but allowing visa free travel seems quite the opposite, unless they have a stern plan to ensure EU nationals who enter the UK freely will not overstay or take up employment in the UK.

On the plus side, EU nationals not requiring a visa to travel to the UK means that UK nationals will not require a visa to travel to other EU countries, which simplifies leisure travel between the UK and current member state countries.

For those who are already in the UK and will not have settled status when Britain leaves the EU, including those with a residence card will also be required to adhere to the new rules imposed by the UK Government. The new system should be phased in once Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

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Author: Amisha Jethwa