I am planning to move to the UK. I am a non-UK EU citizen and I will be a researcher funded by a grant (the grant is coming not from the UK). I am arriving before January 2019, i.e. before Brexit.
My spouse (non-EU citizen) will join me in the UK and they will want to be able to work in the UK. As far as I understand, while the UK is in the EU I could do this as follows:
- Spouse gets EEA family permit, valid for 6 months.
- After spouse arrives in the UK to join me, they can apply for a UK residence card, valid for 5 years.
After the UK leaves the EU (29 March 2019), according to https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-residence-card a UK residence card is no longer valid. Is there any reason for my spouse to arrive to the UK before 29 March 2019? They might be able to arrive some time before that, but this is not for sure. Does it make any difference for any permit issues? Will the EEA family permit be affected after 29 March 2019?
It seems that after UK leaves the EU (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know) my spouse would be able to apply to stay until they have been in the UK for 5 years. Does this system allow them to work in the UK?