Dear Home Office,
I would like to know what will happen to non-EU citizens who are living in the UK with their British citizens having exercised treaty rights in another EU country prior to moving back to the UK.
My understanding is that non-EUs have been excluded from the joint agreement and only the rights of EU citizens have been protected under the agreement and will be able to apply for settled status.
Does this mean that non-EU citizens already here under EU regulations in possession of a UK Residence Card, will lose their right to remain in the country or will they be expected to apply under UK domestic law? If they apply under UK domestic law, can this be done in the UK and will their time to Permanent Residence/Indefinite Leave to Remain start from when the UK visa is issues or will it count from their entry to the UK?
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