Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know

There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.

No EU citizen currently living here lawfully will have to leave the UK when we leave the EU.

There will be plenty of time for people to apply for and receive their new residence status after the UK leaves the EU

 

Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know

 

Agreement on rights for EU citizens and their families

The agreement we have reached for EU citizens and their families is:

  • People who, by 29 March 2019, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.
  • People who arrive by 29 March 2019, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
  • Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
  • Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019.

EU citizens with settled status or temporary permission to stay will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.

 

EU citizens who arrive in the UK after EU exit

If you arrive in the UK after 29 March 2019, our intention is that there will be a period of time where you can still live, work and study here, with a registration system. This ‘implementation period’, including how long it might last, is still subject to negotiations with the EU

 

Case studies for examples of how individual EU citizens’ status in the UK will be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Find more info: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know

 

Example case studies: EU citizens’ rights in the UK

Please check the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/example-case-studies-eu-citizens-rights-in-the-uk

 

 

There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything now.

There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU

 

 


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