Since the United Kingdom has left the European Union in 2020, certain freedom of movement restrictions now apply for all British nationals looking to either travel around Europe or live, work and study in a European country. The good news is, some countries like Portugal are welcoming British nationals, allowing them to apply to Portugal’s popular Golden Visa Scheme from 1 January 2021.
If you are a British national, the Portugal Golden Visa is the perfect solution to your EU residency needs, allowing you to travel freely across the Schengen area and live in a European country. This guide walks you through the practical steps to consider to acquire a post-Brexit Portugal Golden Visa.
What is Brexit?
Brexit is the nickname for “British exit” from the European Union (EU), the economic and policy union that the United Kingdom (UK). had been a member of since 1973. Officially, the UK left the EU at the end of 31 January 2020, but the transitional phase of leaving only concluded at the end of December 2020.
How Brexit impacts UK citizens
Now that the UK is no longer in the EU, there are certain restrictions in place for Brits wanting to live, study or work in an EU member state. UK nationals now need a visa if they want to stay in the EU for more than 90 days in a 180 day period.
Exceptions apply, namely some EU member states and the UK have an agreement that protects the residence rights of EU nationals and their family members living in the UK, and vice versa. However, this protection is not automatic in all EU countries or in the UK.
For more information about your residence rights post-Brexit, check out Europa’s useful resource by clicking here.