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Brexit - Information for EU Citizens in the UK


The deadline for a trade deal between the UK and the European Union is December 2020. If you are an EU Citizen you are probably wondering how this will affect you. 

EU citizens and their families who have been living in the UK for at least five years by the end of December 2020 – the end date of the transition period – will be able to apply for “settled status”. 

This grants indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

If EU citizens are here by 31 Dec 2020 and do not have 5 years continuous residency, you can apply for Pre settled status up until 30th June 2021.

This grants 5 years limited leave. 

Once you then have 5 years continuous residency – you can then apply (at no extra cost) for settled status – this grants indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain (ILR).

Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are still being negotiated.

When you can apply

The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021. The details of the website to do this have not yet been confirmed


There is no fee for the Settlement Scheme application.

What you need to apply

EU citizens will need to apply online and submit:

  • Proof of identity e.g Passport/EU ID card. 
  • Confirm proof of residence
  • Complete a criminality check 
  • Provide payment details

Here are some links you may find useful: