Brexit and EU Nationals

INIS has recently issued welcome clarifications on the residency rights of EU Nationals.

After 31st December 2020, nothing will change for the more than 100,000 UK nationals living here. They will continue to enjoy a right to reside in Ireland.

Non-EEA family members of UK nationals who already hold EU Family status will retain their right to reside but they will have to exchange their "Stamp 4 EU Family" cards for a new card. The application for the new card will be an online application to INIS and the application must be made during 2021.

Until the end of the year, residency applications can be made by non-EEA family members of UK nationals for EU Family status. These applications will continue to be processed after 31 December under the old regulations.

Applications after 1 January 2021 will have to be made under a new scheme, details of which are not available yet.

The requirement to have an EU driving license looks like the biggest inconvenience effecting UK citizens in Ireland in the immediate aftermath of Brexit.

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