A new passport application procedure, which will be implemented across the EU by the end of July, has been introduced for EU citizens living in the UK.
A document outlining the new rules is currently being circulated to EU citizens and the EU’s national borders offices, and it is understood to include a number of changes.
However, it will not include any changes to passport holders living in other EU member states, such as Germany and France.
The UK will still be able to apply for a UK passport if it has a valid visa, which has long been available to EU migrants living in Britain.
The government has confirmed it is still considering the changes to the system.
The announcement came as Prime Minister Theresa May announced the Government would increase immigration controls on UK-bound tourists and migrants.
The new restrictions will see non-EU visitors, who are allowed to visit the UK, barred from entry for 12 months and those with dual nationality barred for two years.
Under the current system, people living in both the UK and EU can travel to the UK with a valid UK passport.
However this has been subject to the EU rules on visas being valid for a maximum of four years, meaning that those travelling in for holiday or business could be stopped if they do not have a valid passport.
The Government has also decided to make it harder for UK nationals living in Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to renew their passport in the coming months.
However there is no change in the number of people who can be stopped from travelling or staying in the country.
However the changes will also mean that those living in Europe for more than 180 days a year, such a migrant from Nigeria or Eritrean refugee, cannot renew their passports in the future.
All other EU citizens are currently able to renew a passport.
It comes after the UK government issued a warning that the country could see a surge in immigration from overseas in the months ahead if the UK does not change its immigration rules.
Immigration minister Mark Harper said: “The Government will ensure that people who live and work in the EU are able to travel freely and lawfully across the UK’s borders, including those who have valid UK visas.”
This includes all those with valid UK travel visas.
“Mr Harper said the UK would not be able “to offer any guarantees or guarantees of certainty” in relation to visa applications.”
If we are not able to provide assurances of certainty to those people in the short term, we are prepared to suspend all visa applications for that period of time,” he said.
In a statement, the Department for Exiting the European Union said:”The Government’s plan to introduce a new passport system for EU nationals living or working in the United Kingdom has been approved by the UK Border Agency.”
We have confirmed that this new system will be in place by the beginning of July.”
The new passport will be subject to all EU laws, and therefore will only be valid for those living or work in and having access to the United States and Canada.
“As soon as the new system is in place, it is possible that UK nationals could be subject, at some point, to additional checks.”EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the system change was a “necessary step” to prevent people coming from abroad to use the UK to commit crimes, but he did not say when it would be implemented.
“I am very pleased that the Government is moving to ensure that EU nationals in the U.K. are able access the benefits of our visa waiver programme, such that they can visit the United Nations, the World Food Programme and the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee,” he told Sky News.
“That is why we have already made progress towards the introduction of this system, and I hope we can continue to make significant progress towards its implementation.”
Mr Avramos said the new rule change would not apply to those living overseas, including people from Turkey and Iran.