Following Brexit, UK nationals living in Ireland will continue to have their rights protected under the Common Travel Area. They will be able to travel freely, work, study, and access healthcare and social services without any changes. No additional documentation will be required for UK nationals to continue their lives in Ireland.
However, separate arrangements will be made for non-EEA family members or dependents of UK nationals. These individuals may exercise their EU Treaty Rights under the EU Free Movement Directive and hold a valid Irish Resident Permit known as EUFAM. They will need to exchange their current valid Irish Resident Permit Card for a new one, and this card exchange program will be administered by the Immigration Service of the Department of Justice. The application can be made online and must be submitted by New Year’s Eve.
For those UK nationals who come to live in Ireland after Brexit and wish to bring their non-EEA family members, a new scheme will be introduced. The details of this scheme have not yet been announced.