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'Brexit' - latest developments

Revised guidance will appear on the site as regulations change - and the main points will be included here in 'What's new?'

The biggest issue so far is the future of EU nationals already resident in the UK. In June 2017, the EU published a paper on the essential principles on EU citizens' rights as the basis for Brexit negotiations. The UK government then published its offer on the future status of EU nationals in the UK. These have been the subject of four rounds of negotiation. At the end of September, the Free Movement blog published a summary of progress achieved and areas of disagreement. Jonathan Portes has also analysed the key stumbling blocks to securing EU nationals' rights.

On timing, the government's Brexit white paper said that:

'Implementing any new immigration arrangements for EU nationals and the support they receive will be complex and Parliament will have an important role in considering these matters further. There may be a phased process of implementation to prepare for the new arrangements. This would give businesses and individuals enough time to plan and prepare for those new arrangements.'

Latest reports suggest that whatever rights are agreed for EU nationals resident in the UK, they will apply to those resident before March 2019. Registration of EU nationals in the UK is reported as due to start by the end of 2018.

Sources of guidance for European nationals resident in the UK

Pending official decisions on the immigration status of European nationals already in the UK,here are some useful links:

  • the ILPA has a series of briefings about the rights of residence of EU nationals
  • Easily understood guidance (pdf)  from the Aire Centre
  • the Home Office's online residence certificate and permanent residence certificate application processes and accompanying European passport return service, is explained in this Free Movement video
  • a free set of e-book guides, aimed at different types of EU or EEA national who may want to apply for residence documents in the UK.

Should EU nationals sign up for email alerts rather than apply for residence documents?

The Home Office is requesting EU nationals concerned about their status merely to ask for email alerts, but the Free Movement website questions if this is a good idea.

Need for EU nationals to have comprehensive sickness insurance

A post on the Free Movement website explains why EU nationals already resident in the UK may need sickness insurance if they want to establish their right of residence. The issue is also covered (among others) in a podcast of Brexit questions and answers.

Effects of Brexit on Irish nationals

A House of Commons paper describes the 'Common Travel Area' and how it might change under Brexit, affecting Irish nationals.

Effects of Brexit on new EU migration after the UK leaves the EU

This is a much more complex issue, likely to be subjext to longer deabte. The FT lists 13 categories of migrant who might be disadvantaged by Brexit.

Effects of Brexit on migration, housing need and housing entitlements

CIH has published a What you need to know summarising possible effects and scenarios and has a webinar for CIH members.

Other news

Grenfell Tower - immigration 'amnesty'

This Free Movement blog explains the latest terms of the 'amnesty' offered to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Room for Refugees becomes UK-wide

PAIH in Scotland has a UK-wide hosting scheme for refugees and those seeking asylum who become destitute. It has 6,500 families registered as hosts. Contact details are here.

'Right to rent' checks in the private rented sector 

Document checks now have to be carried out on all applicants for a new tenancy. The rules apply only in England but may be extended to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland later. See the page on renting from a private landlord for basic information and the page on advising migrants looking for accommodation for more detail. From 1st December 2016, landlords who fail to make proper checks may be subject to criminal proceedings. 

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has identified misleading advice on house guests in the Home Office guidance. It implies (section 3.5) that house guests' documents may have to be checked if they pay rent or if they do not have another main home. The latter point is incorrect. This applies equally to all 'hosting' arrangements or any similar schemes where no rent or equivalent is paid: they are not covered by the right to rent provisions now and will not be in December when new, strengthened provisions come into effect.

Eligibility for those with limited leave to remain

New rules for certain people with limited leave apply in England from 30 October 2016 and in Wales from 22 June 2017. They are explained in detail on the page on the law on housing eligibility. The page includes a link to a consolidated version of the English regulations.

Syrian refugees

The Home Office is running a special scheme to assist Syrian refugees currently living in refugee camps. The LGA has a dedicated web page. Read about ways in which your organisation can help Syrian refugees in this CIH blog and also in this NHF briefing. In Scotland, look at the Scotland Welcomes Refugees website.

If you spot anything else that needs updating, do please let us know - click Feedback to get in touch.

Recent publications

Below are recent publications for housing advisers which will be added to the site on the pages on 'What other organisations can help' or 'Other information for advisers', according to whether they are relevant to England or Scotland, or both.

Resettling refugees - Support after the first year

A guide from the LGA for local authorities.

Helping refugees making homelessness applications

The Refugee Council has prepared a guide to help anyone supporting refugees make homelessness applications to local authorities. 

A hosting toolkit

Homeless Link, NACCOM and Houisng Justice have produced a toolkit for those organising hosting schemes for destitute migrants.

Consolidated English and Welsh housing regulations

Unique to the website, the page on the law on housing eligibility contains links to consolidated versions of the English and Welsh regulations on eligibility for housing assistance according to immigration status.

JCWI research on 'right to rent' checks

New research one year after their roll-out across England shows the problems being caused by document checks in the private rented sector.

Web-based tool to help destitute migrants

NRPF have launched a tool for local authorities and advisers, to help find out entitlements for different types of destitute migrant.

Guide for housing staff working with refugee communities in Scotland

The Scottish Refugee Council has (with support from CIH) published A Housing Practitioners' Guide to Integrating Asylum Seekers and Refugees (pdf).

'Right to rent' document checks and English housing associations

CIH has published a What you need to know summarising how 'right to rent' affects housing associations.

Removal of EEA rough sleepers

The Home Office has issued guidance on the process for the administrative removal of a European Economic Area (EEA) national, or a family member of an EEA national.

Welsh code of guidance on allocations and homelessness

The Welsh Government has published a revised Code of Guidance to Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness, 2016

JCWI toolkit on 'right to rent'

JCWI have a toolkit which includes a detailed guide and a flowchart for tenants and for those advising tenants, in the private rented sector.

We welcome suggestions for updating the guidance on the Housing Rights website and for including links to relevant new sources of guidance or information.

Please email with any suggestions, making clear your message refers to this website.


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