We receive many questions from Norwegians in the UK worrying about Brexit. In this article Norwegians Worldwide provides an update on what you must do if you're a Norwegian citizen wanting to stay in the UK after Brexit, both with and without a UK-EU deal.
On Saturday 26 January, the Norwegian public broadcaster, NRK, wrote that Norwegians must apply for a residence permit in the United Kingdom. If they don’t, they risk being evicted after Brexit.
According to NRK, the UK recently started a large scale registration of EU- and EEA-citizens in the country.
“It means that those who want to continue living in the UK or move there after July 2021 must apply for a residence permit. If they don’t, they risk being evicted from the country. This applies to appx. 20 000 Norwegians living in the UK. There are around 3 mill. EU-citizens in total in the UK covered by the new regulations,” NRK reported.
Norwegians Worldwide has asked the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) if it’s correct that Norwegians residing in the UK now must apply for a residence permit. UD answered that they could not confirm nor debunk this and referred to British authorities for answers on their regulations.
No fee to register in the UK
British authorities have published a tool that, based on a short questionnaire, provides clear information about what rules apply in your specific case. Check what applies for you here. Remember that on these pages, EU-citizens also include Norwegians (EEA-citizens). According to British authorities, Norwgians living in the UK wanting to continue living there after December 31, 2020, must either apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or British citizenship by June 30, 2021 to be able to continue living there. In case of a “no deal” between UK and EU the deadline is pushed forward to December 31, 2020. Read more about the rules for dual citizenship in Norway here.
Norwegian UD further said that Norwegians in the UK have a responsibility to register in compliance with current regulations in the UK.
“Norwegians living in the UK must contact British authorities themselves to register and apply to continue residing there. We have received signals from the UK about the decision to remove the fee for such a registration also for EEA/EFTA-citizens,” spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD), Per Bardalen Wiggen, told Norwegians Worldwide.
Norway negotiating new agreement in case of a “no deal” exit
UD highlighted that the Brexit process is still very uncertain. Tuesday January 29 it became clear that the British parliament will send PM Theresa May back to the negotating table with EU yet another time.
“As of today, we don’t know with certainty what the outcome will be. Therefore, we also prepare for the possibility of the UK leaving EU without a deal on March 29 – a «no deal»-outcome. That could mean that the negotiated deal between the EEA/EFTA-states and the UK, that mirrors the exit deal between EU and UK, cannot be signed nor take effect. There would also not be a transition period,”Wiggen said.
Norwegians Worldwide wrote in November about the deal between Norway and the UK that would safeguard the rights of the countries’ citizens. This intention still exists, according to UD, also in the case of a Brexit without a deal between the UK and the EU.
“There’s political consensus between Norway and the UK on safeguarding the rights of citizens also in that case. We are therefore about to finish negotiations on an alternative deal with the UK that is overall equal to the chapter on citizens’ rights in the already negotiated deal in case of an orderly exit. This new deal entails that Norwegian citizens and their families living in the UK before the country leaves the EU, overall will keep their rights after the EEA-agreement also after a «no deal»-brexit. The same will apply to Britons residing in Norway,” Wiggen said.
The Norwegian government has published a comprehensive article answering a range of questions and issues that might occur in case of a “no deal” between UK and EU. Read the article here (only in Norwegian).
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