Will Brexit Change Status for Foreigners?


The enforcement of the withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community on 31st January 2020 has resulted in the formal termination of the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union. What does this mean for those living and working in the Republic of Croatia, that is in the United Kingdom?

Transition period until December 31, 2020

Until December 31, 2020 there will be no changes for Croatian citizens residing in the United Kingdom nor for UK citizens residing in the Republic of Croatia.

Status of Croatian citizens in the United Kingdom

All EU citizens (including Croatian citizens) as well as their family members who live, work or study in the United Kingdom or those residing in the United Kingdom until December 31, 2020 under certain conditions, will be able to continue living, working and studying in the United Kingdom and after December 31, 2020 under the terms and conditions as set out in so called EU Settlement Sheme – EUSS.

In order to exercise the above stated right, EU citizens must no later than June 30, 2021 obtain a status confirmation according to EUSS.

Status and rights of UK citizens in Croatia

All UK citizens, as well as their family members, who now reside and intend to reside in the Republic of Croatia longer than 90 days after December 31, 2020 should submit a request for residence approval.

The deadline for such residence approval request is not prescribed, though all UK citizens are advised to submit the residence approval request at least 60 days prior to the expiry of the transition period, that is no later than November 2, 2020 or sooner if possible.

UK citizens' driver’s licences will be valid one year upon the withdrawal from the EU, that is until 31st January 2021, and after than all UK citizens should obtain Croatian driver's licences.