What happens to foreigners after the elections in the UK?

On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom ceased to be a member of the European Union. This represents a global change in its relations with other European countries.

Let’s see what the consequences of Brexit are for foreigners living or wanting to visit the UK.


Such an important change in international relations requires a period of transition to be carried out in an orderly manner.

Negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union have established a transitional stage until the end of 2020 when foreigners will not need visas to travel to the islands.

The documentation required to enter the United Kingdom will be the same as until now, at least until the end of the year, and can be extended depending on the agreements that may be reached by the actors involved.

What will happen in 2021?

From 2021, if there are no new developments in the negotiations, foreigners who wish to reside in the United Kingdom will have to adapt to the rules determined by the new British immigration systems.

Short-term travellers, 90 days in cycles of less than 180 days, will be required to carry a valid passport and will not need a visa. The same will apply to British citizens when staying in European Union countries.

Foreign nationals wishing to work or live in the UK will be subject to a new procedure from the UK Home Office called the “EU Settlement Scheme”.

This procedure will be used to apply for permission to reside in the United Kingdom and to take advantage of the rights granted by this statute. The deadline for applying for this permission is extended until June 2021 and is a mandatory requirement for all foreigners who want to live or continue to live in the United Kingdom.

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