Everything you need to know about the Separation Agreement in relation to residence rights.

What is the difference between the Separation Agreement and the Withdrawal Agreement?

The Withdrawal Agreement is the agreement between the United Kingdom and member states of the European Union. The Separation Agreement is the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EEA EFTA states: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Separation Agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the European Union.

What residence rights does the Separation Agreement guarantee?

Much like the Withdrawal Agreement, the Separation Agreement provides that all UK nationals legally residing in an EEA EFTA country at the end of the implementation period will be able to stay.

Family members who were resident in the host state by 31 December 2020 will also be covered by the Separation Agreement.

Individuals covered by the Separation Agreement can also be joined by close family members (spouses and registered partners, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and a person in an existing durable relationship) at any point in the future.

Any child born to an individual under the scope of the Agreement is also protected by the Separation Agreement if the individual has custody of that child.

The Separation Agreement also covers frontier workers in the same way as the Withdrawal Agreement.

Is the administrative procedure to protect my residence rights the same across all EEA EFTA countries?

The administrative formalities that must be completed in order to protect UK nationals’ residence rights differ from country to country. It is vital that you check the correct procedure in the country in which you are residing. In Norway, UK nationals are required to apply for a new residence status by 31 December 2021.

The AIRE Centre EuroBrits Project assists UK nationals in the following EEA EFTA countries: Norway.

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