The rights of EU citizens and their family members to live and work in the UK will remain the same until the UK leaves the EU.
If you’re an EU citizen, and you and your family will continue to live in the UK after 30 June 2021, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Details on additional support available from the Home Office are below.
The EU Settlement Scheme is currently open to some EU citizens and their family members and will be fully open by 30 March 2019.
If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.
There is no application fee. If you apply before 30 March 2019 you will have to pay a refundable application fee. In January 2019 the government agreed to waive the fee for EU citizens making applications to remain in the UK via the scheme.
Key dates and deadlines
- The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019
- The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.
The Government has published a joint report agreeing on the rights of EU citizens which states that it intends to preserve their rights to live, work or get benefits in the UK. Family members living lawfully with their EU citizen relatives are also protected.
However, this is subject to a final Brexit deal being reached.
For the most up to date information about Brexit visit the government website GOV.UK - Brexit.
Home Office support
The Home Office offer help with using the online application:
• Phone 03333 445 675 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm)
• Text ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944
Anyone with hearing and/or speech difficulties can make use of the Next Generation Text (NGT) service on a smartphone, computer or tablet or text phone by dialling 18001 in front of the phone number above.
There is also a published list of locations where you can get your biometric ID document scanned if you need to.