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Legal Compass: Consequences for UK Citizens under Swiss Immigration Law

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    Following UK’s departure from the EU, the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) with the EU will no longer apply between Switzerland and the UK. Switzerland and the UK signed an agreement on acquired citizen rights on 25 February 2019. The agreement is intended to protect the residence rights (and other rights) of Swiss and UK citizens acquired under the AFMP. With this agreement, these rights are preserved beyond Brexit.

    The UK and the EU have agreed on a transitional period until 31 December 2020. This means that the UK will have the status of an EU Member State until this date. The AFMP therefore continues to be applicable until 31 December 2020 for UK nationals in Switzerland. UK nationals can acquire rights under the AFMP until this date.

    The agreement on acquired citizen rights enters into force on 1 January 2021. If the transitional period agreed by the UK and the EU is extended, the agreement will come into force at the end of the new transitional period.

    Nationals from the UK wanting to come and live in Switzerland after 31 December 2020 are not covered by the present agreement on acquired citizen rights. Family reunification remains possible under this new agreement.

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