Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

Published:  26 Aug at 6 PM
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British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU.

The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the island.

Lengthy negotiations are expected to take place, with no-one even hazarding a guess as to when Article 50 will be enacted, giving the go-ahead for the withdrawal. The reason for registering as soon as is possible is that it’s believed a deal allowing Britons the right to remain is possible, but may only apply to legally registered expats.

Meanwhile, British expats in Spain are equally concerned over their futures, even although it’s now being made clear that the Spanish government doesn’t want them to leave. Lawyers are quoting the 1969 Vienna Convention, which states UK expats living in EU member states are entitled to their acquired rights to remain, even in the event of a treaty being terminated.

Interpreted, the Vienna Convention clause may well mean that those already in residence may stay, but it may also mean that emigrating to Spain after Brexit is completed may be a far different story involving complicated visa and financial requirements. The issue depends on the UK’s willingness to allow freedom of movement, which at present seems unlikely.

Recently, Britain’s newly-appointed Brexit minister announced that he was planning to negotiate a ‘generous settlement’ for all EU citizens living or working in the UK as well as British expats living in European Union countries. The minister ruled out the removal of all three million EU migrants, but added the fate of British citizens overseas would rest on negotiations concerning open-door immigration.
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