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Legal Matters & Rights

Published: 31 January 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

Rights and privileges (for those in Common Travel Area including Northern Ireland)

Ireland and the UK both have a common law system, enjoy a Common Travel Area , which includes certain legal rights, and currently both adhere to EU rules and regulations.

Under the Common Travel Area , Irish citizens may enter the UK, reside and work there and enjoy associated rights and privileges without requiring any special permission or visas. Similarly, British citizens will be able to continue to enter this jurisdiction, reside and work here and enjoy associated rights and privileges without requiring any special permission or visas. Immigration requirements, as appropriate, will continue to apply to non-Irish and non-British citizens.

Freedom of Movement and non-EEA family members of British citizens residing in the State

During the transition period, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and its citizens who can still benefit from the Freedom of Movement Directive i.e. the right of British EU citizens to live and work in the EU.

This means that, until the transition period ends, non-EEA family members of a British EU citizen resident here in the State, are still subject to the provisions of the Free Movement Directive and the exercise of EU Treaty rights and entitlements.

Details of arrangements for their non-EEA family members of British citizens will be announced closer to the end of the transition period. For further information, please see the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website or contact EU Treaty Rights Division by email at eutreatyrights@justice.ie.

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