Living in Sweden post Brexit: Who has to apply for residence status?
Many, but not all, Brits need to apply for their post-Brexit residence to secure their right to stay in Sweden after December 31st.
Published: 8 October 2021 16:03 CEST
Updated: 21 November 2021 10:19 CET
Updated: 21 November 2021 10:19 CET
Which Brits need to apply for Swedish post-Brexit residency status? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
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Hi , FOMO has been troubling me. I have British/Belgian dual nationalities , moved here a year ago. Registered with Skatteverket as a Belgian pensioner (with Belgian health cover) . After a few months got my PN number and Swedish ID. As I understand it, as a Belgian under EU agreement I have the right to stay? But as also a Brit will I have to apply for residence status? Any one out there with Euro/Brit dual Nationalities with info on this?
You don’t need to apply.
You can apply if you wish though the only benefit in your case would be as an insurance against extremely unlikely pathological scenarios, eg Sweden or Belgium leaving the EU or Freedom of Movement somehow being suspended etc . Uppehållsstatus is a treaty-based residence status that is independent of how the EU evolves.
Thanks for the info, it is as I had thought. But reading into other peoples problems with applications for post Brexit residence, the time limit to apply and finding it hard to get clarity from Migrationsverket had put doubt in my mind. Its nice to know that I can enjoy what Sweden has to offer without fear of being asked to leave!!
David is right. You don’t need to apply, but you can if you want, as you were here under EU rules before the deadline.
Any rights you would be protecting are rights you have anyway via your Belgian citizenship.
Let me know if you have any other questions,
Thanks for the info, it is as I thought. But reading into other peoples problems with applications for post Brexit residence , the time limit to apply and finding it hard to get clarity from Migrationsverket had put doubt in my mind. Its nice to know that I can enjoy what Sweden has to offer without fear of being asked to leave !
The British are getting a lot of breaks from the Swedish Migration Board to sort their Legal Status out in Sweden . This is the Third extension if I am correct , whereas in the UK they give no leeway to anyone from the EU . Brexit the Biggest mistake the UK could have made , and look at the mess it has caused . There is no place on Earth better than Sweden and I am not just saying that to please my friends , it is a fantastic country when it comes to Immigration , though lately the generosity has been seriously abused , and I do not see the welcoming signs still standing very much longer . The influx of refugees was a serious mistake in such a Homogenous society , and the smiles that were once in abundance have disappeared .
It is the first (and likely only) extension. Also, EU citizens in the UK had since early 2019 to apply. Brits in Sweden have only able to apply from 1/12/2020. A mildly extended application window for Brits is still far shorter than that which EU citizens in the UK had (i.e. more than two years).
Furthermore, Sweden is applying rules that the UK has chosen not to apply. The only criteria the UK imposes is that someone was resident before the end of 2020 and that they don’t have a serious criminal record. Sweden and the other EU countries are not doing this.
Although the deadline has passed for EU citizens in the UK, applications are still being encouraged and people are not being turned down. Those on benefits are allowed to keep their benefits despite not having applied when they should have done so. I have no idea what will happen to Brits who apply late in Sweden.
Your argument that the UK gives no leeway to anyone from the EU and that Brits here are getting a lot of breaks is contradicted by the evidence base.
Whatever the parameters surrounding the given time to get ones house in order in Sweden , or passport take your pick , my point is that because of the new requirements imposed by Brexit regarding who qualifies EU citi work and reside in the UK , many major businesses including mine have moved our Businesses and Headquarters to European Countries , in my case Paris . Back in the day one had to revoke your original Citizenship if you became a Swedish Citizen , so all these questions about having to apply to stay when you are a Swedish Citizen makes me laugh . Do Swedes who are American Citizens apply of course not . Brexit is a Lie told by a Bunch of Old Etonians that went to that school with me and it has caused nothing but grief .