Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Brexit Issues

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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235. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a non-EU spouse who holds a stamp 4-EUFAM residency permit will be permitted to remain living with their spouse with British citizenship here post-Brexit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9008/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that its officials are preparing for a variety of Brexit scenarios, including the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The provisions to be made for the non-EEA family members of British nationals is being considered in that context.

In a no-deal Brexit scenario, arrangements are currently being finalised by my officials in respect of current holders of EUFAM permission granted under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015. While not wishing to pre-empt the outcome of these deliberations, it is likely that current permission holders will continue to enjoy these or equivalent rights.

A communication strategy is also being put in place which will include contacting customers directly over the coming weeks such as the individual to whom the Deputy refers. In the meantime, no action is required from the individual concerned.


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