What is the Immigration Bill?

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill removes the free movement rights of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, which derived from the UK’s EU membership. In future, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will be subject to the same immigration rules as other nationalities, except for those whose applications for settled or pre-settled status have been accepted by the end of the transition and grace period, currently end-June 2021.

Free movement ends at the end of the transition period. The bill ensures that Irish citizens are unaffected by these changes and retain their right to move to and work in the UK.The bill does not set out the UK’s future immigration system – this will be established in law via secondary legislation. The government has, however, set out a framework for what the new system will look like: an adapted version of the system currently used for non-EU migrants.

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