Brexit and immigration: Deal or no deal? UK and Norway have reached an agreement, but what happens now?
We are getting closer to March 29 2019 and Brexit.
It is time for companies in Norway with existing and potential UK staff to start preparing for the potential outcomes.
- You might have UK citizens in your workforce in Norway. You might have a lot of UK business visitors come into Norway.
- You might plan on hiring UK citizens in the future, or have UK citizens on assignments in Norway.
- And how about third country nationals working in Norway for a UK business?
The rights under the existing EEA agreement will cease to exist on March 29 2019.
UK and Norway has reached an agreement granting people to live, work, study and access benefits on largely the same terms post-Brexit, as they do now. However, this agreement has not yet been signed, and whether it is set in effect or not is completely dependent upon UK reaching the same agreement with the EU.
If the UK and EU does not land the withdrawal agreement this week, new negotiations has to be initiated between the UK and Norway. In a “Hard Brexit” situation, the UK leaves the EU with no agreements in place. In a “Soft Brexit” situation we will begin to see the effects of UK leaving the EU after the transition period at the end of 2020.
Have you considered the following?
- What will happen if we face a Hard Brexit?
- What will happen if the rights and obligations for UK individuals differ from the existing rights and obligations for EU citizens in Norway post Brexit?
- What happens short term or long term if only temporary solutions are set? How should you plan ahead?
What will happen if we face a Hard Brexit?
If the UK and EU does not come to an agreement, the deal between the UK and Norway will have no effect, and no agreement that entitles UK citizens the same rights as under the existing EEA agreement is actually in place. In short, this means that UK citizens in Norway will have the same status as any other third country national in terms of residency permit requirements and other obligations before entering, staying and working in Norway.
What will happen if the rights and obligations for UK individuals differ from the existing rights and obligations for EU citizens in Norway post Brexit?
It is possible that some of the former rights granted UK citizens in Norway will cease to exist post Brexit, or change, and new obligations might arise.
What happens short term or long term if only temporary solutions are set, how should you plan ahead?
In this scenario, temporary solutions that might not be viable long term demands you to plan ahead when it comes to new hires, existing workforce and short term projects and plans.
Our immigration team is paying close attention to the development pre and post Brexit when it comes to immigration and UK citizens in Norway, and are prepared to assist you with any issues that might arise.
Our assistance might be:
- Setting up seminars, helplines and information material for your company
- Develop a workforce retention plan
- Support your employees with new registration requirements
- Assist with permanent residence applications where this is applicable
- Assist with setting up new compliance processes
- Advice on your talent acquisition strategies
Please note that Theresa May will hold the parlimentary Brexit vote on January 15, stay tuned for our updates on both immigration and social security after this date
If you have any questions or wish to learn about our services, please contact our immigration lead Hanne Faust.