What is the Withdrawal Agreement and how can it affect me?

The Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time, you can continue to live, work and study in Italy broadly as you did before 31 January 2020.

If you are resident in Italy at the end of the transition period, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident in Italy.

Any rights that are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement will be the subject of future negotiations. Here below the main aspects actually regulated by the Agreement:

Residency

If you are resident in Italy before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay: you will just need to register as an Italian resident if you want to stay in Italy for more than 3 months.

Passports and travel

The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time, you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.

Healthcare

If you’re living in Italy or move there permanently before 31 December 2020, you’ll have life-long healthcare rights in Italy as you do now, provided you remain resident.

If you’re staying in Italy for more than 3 months, you must register with the Italian National Health Service through your local health authority.

Work

If you are resident in Italy on or before 31 December 2020, your right to work will stay the same, as long as you remain resident in Italy.

What will happen when the transition period will end?

The rights of UK citizens and their families will be governed by Part II of the Withdrawal Agreement (with the exception of British citizens who have never exercised their rights of free movement before the end of the transition period). In any event, the preamble to the Agreement recognises the objective of Part II which is to ensure the respect of the principle of non-discrimination while protecting the right to social security.

After 31 December 2020, standard immigration provisions applicable to citizens of non-EU and non-Schengen States shall apply to British citizens who have not registered their Italian residence before the transition period ends.

 

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