The government says that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU citizens coming to the UK after 29 March 2019 would have to apply for temporary leave to remain if they wished to visit, live or study longer than three months in the UK.
This will affect businesses and workers
The government has introduced an Immigration Bill to achieve this.
For a transitional period only, EEA citizens and their family members, including Swiss citizens, will still be able to come to the UK for visits, work or study and they will be able to enter the UK as they do now.
However, to stay longer than 3 months they will need to apply for permission and receive European Temporary Leave to Remain, which is valid for a further 3 years.
EU citizens wishing to stay for longer than 3 years will need to make a further application under the new skills-based future immigration system, which will begin from 2021.
The information set out by the government also confirms that if there is no deal:
A new single skills-based immigration system is intended to operate from 2021.