The rights of UK nationals residing in Ireland will remain unaffected post-Brexit, and the Common Travel Area (CTA) still applies to them. Hence, they can continue to access healthcare, social services, travel, live, work, and study freely without requiring any documentation under the Withdrawal Agreement.
However, separate arrangements have been made for non-EEA family members or dependents of UK nationals living in Ireland. These family members can use EU Treaty Rights under the EU Free Movement Directive and hold a valid Irish Resident Permit based on that. As a family member, they can continue to reside, work, and study in Ireland but will be required to exchange their current valid Irish Resident Permit card for a new one through the card exchange program administered by the Immigration Service of the Department of Justice. Applications for this program will be made through the online renewal system, and the processing of applications received before the end of the transition period will continue even if a decision is not made until after Brexit.
Furthermore, there will be no changes for UK nationals who plan to relocate to Ireland post-Brexit, and their rights will still be protected under the CTA. However, a new scheme will be introduced for UK nationals who arrive in Ireland after Brexit and wish to bring their non-EEA family members.
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