Posted on October 11 2019
25,000 UK citizens are living in Sweden at present without Swedish citizenship. In case of a no-deal Brexit, these Britons can continue living in Sweden as they always did, assures Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice.
Even though Sweden did not reveal too many details, however, the new rules will give UK nationals Permanent Residency rights in Sweden.
UK citizens in Sweden who already have a PR will be given a Permanent Residence Permit. EU citizens automatically get permanent right of residence if they live in another European country for at least 5 years.
UK nationals who have not yet completed the 5-year mark but meet the eligibility requirements would get a Residence Permit for 5 years. This will help Britons to live long enough in Sweden to qualify for Permanent Residency.
In case of a no-deal Brexit on 31st October, Sweden has already guaranteed a 1-year grace period to UK citizens. All UK citizens in Sweden will retain their work rights and healthcare and other benefits during this grace period. However, it is not yet clear what would happen after the 1 year is over.
The Swedish Govt. has issued a statement saying that it is reviewing legal possibilities for UK citizens to continue to live and work in Sweden. However, that has not assuaged the worries the UK citizens continue to feel. Pensioners worry whether they will meet the eligibility requirements of a Residence Permit. Students do not have clarity if they can access free tuition after the grace period is over. Employees are worried if their jobs render them ineligible for Swedish Work Permits.
The Swedish Government has sent the new proposal for consultation. If the new reforms are approved, they will become effective from 1st January 2020.
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