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What visa options are available to EU citizens after Brexit?

Since the end of the transition period, free movement between the UK and EU no longer applies, meaning that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals must meet certain requirements before obtaining the right to move to the UK to live or work.

These requirements are set by the UK’s new points based immigration scheme, and – depending on the type of visa being applied for – relate to matters such as salary, skill level, and standard of spoken English. They will also have to pay the applicable fees.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not generally need a visa for short stays in the UK up to six months in length.

Irish citizens can still freely move to the UK to live and work, under the Common Travel Area with the UK.

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