After lengthy negotiations, the withdrawal agreement, which sets out the conditions for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union has received final approval on both sides of the Channel. The United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union on the 31st of January 2020.
The withdrawal agreement provides a transition period until at least the 31st of December 2020. During this period, the European regulatory framework remains largely applicable and the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members can continue to exercise their rights to free movement and residence. They will not have to take further action to this end.
The aim of the withdrawal agreement is also to safeguard after the transition period, as much as possible the rights of the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members who are lawfully residing in the European union before the end of the transition period. This will certainly be the case concerning the right of residence in Belgium, which is the competence of the Immigration Office.
Towards the end of the year all citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members residing in Belgium will be personally invited to apply for a new residence card as beneficiaries of the withdrawal agreement at the commune where they reside, as foreseen by the withdrawal agreement. In the meantime, the old residence card will remain valid.
More information on the impact of the withdrawal with an agreement can be found on our FAQ-page.
Disclaimer: this information is provisional as some measures still need to be taken in order to execute the withdrawal agreement at the end of the transition period. Therefore, the Immigration Office is not yet able to answer questions regarding individual files.