Brexit

FLASH:

On 8 November 2021, a second letter was sent by the Director General of the Immigration Office to UK nationals and their family members who have not yet taken steps to safeguard their stay. They are strongly advised to submit their application to the competent commune as soon as possible and before 31 December 2021.

Do not forget to take into account possible delays for making an appointment at your commune.

If you have received this letter but have already submitted your application, you can ignore the letter. 

If you have already applied for the status of beneficiary of the withdrawal agreement for your minor child (-12y), you can ignore this second letter. All minor children have to submit an application for the status of beneficiary of the withdrawal agreement. To this purpose, an application must be submitted with the competent commune (appendix 58). A certificate temporarily covering the stay of the minor child is issued when the application is submitted (annex 56). This certificate covers the stay until a decision is taken, even if no decision has been taken before the end of the application period. Children (-12y) do not receive an M-card but they will receive a children's identity document with a reference to the withdrawal agreement.

You can find the content of this second letter here.

After lengthy negotiations, the Withdrawal Agreement, which sets out the terms of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, was finally approved on both sides of the Channel. The United Kingdom left the European Union at midnight on 31 January 2020.

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020. During this period, the European regulatory framework largely continued to be applied and UK nationals and their family members were able to continue to exercise their right to free movement and residence. They did not have to take any further steps to do so.

The purpose of the Withdrawal Agreement is to safeguard the acquired rights of UK nationals and their family members who resided or worked in the European Union as British frontier workers before the end of the transition period.

All UK nationals and their family members who wish to retain their right of residence must apply for a new residence card as beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement, including those who already hold a valid residence document (annex 8, 8bis, E, E+, F, F+ card). British frontier workers who wish to continue their economic activity after the transition period will have to apply for a new local border traffic card as beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement. Even if they already hold a valid local border traffic document (Annex 15).

The application for a residence card as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement or for a local border traffic card for beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement must be made within the application period  provided for this purpose, which runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. Until then, their rights shall be protected.

All UK nationals and their family members residing in Belgium were informed personally by letter of the procedure to be followed to apply at the commune for a new residence card as beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement.

You can find more information on the procedure to follow to obtain a new residence card for beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement or a new local border traffic card for beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement and on the impact of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on your stay HERE.