The Home Office has confirmed that EU nationals will continue to be able to come to the UK after the 31 October, even in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Those wishing to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 will, however, need to apply under the new European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme.
Applications for the scheme will open after the UK leaves the EU and will involve a simple online process including identity, security and criminality checks. EU citizens will receive a digital status lasting three years entitling them to work and rent property during this period. EU citizens wishing to stay on in the UK after their temporary status expires will need to make a further application under the new points-based immigration system.
EU citizens and their families living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020.