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Given the vote to leave the European Union in 2016, we are aware that many of you face a period of uncertainty and others will also be concerned about the impact this will have on family members, friends and work colleagues. More than 1,700 people already work here from the remaining countries of the European Economic Area, and we will do our best to provide relevant support and information to you throughout this period.
What do we know?
The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights in negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
This means that:
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.
All EU citizens will need to apply to obtain status in UK law. A process will be set up during the second half of 2018 to enable EU citizens to apply for settled status. This will remain open for at least two years after the UK leaves the EU.
As more details emerge from the government over time, you can rest assured that we will be here to support you during this period of uncertainty.
How can you find out more information?
We’ll be here to support you as more information about what the impact will be on leaving the European Union is published. In the meantime, you can find out more information using the links on the right.
Citizens' rights and EU settlement scheme
The UK Government has published more details about the new scheme for EU citizens and their families, to allow them to continue living and working here as now after the UK leaves the EU.
The agreement recognises the valuable contribution that EU citizens make to the UK, and that UK nationals make to the EU.
A simple and straightforward scheme will be phased in later this year, and will gradually open more widely until its full launch by the end of March 2019, to enable EU citizens arriving before the end of 2020 to apply for their status.
The Government has confirmed that:
- Applications will be via a short online process.
- Most EU citizens will only need to prove their identity and demonstrate their residence in the UK. They will be required to declare whether they have any criminal convictions and we will check that they are not a serious or persistent criminal.
- It will cost £65 and £32.50 for children under 16.
- It will be free for those with valid documented permanent residence or valid indefinite leave to remain or enter.
EU citizens and their family members do not need to do anything now. There will be no change to their current rights until the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020, and the deadline for applications to the scheme for those that live here by the end of 2020 will be 30 June 2021.
EU citizens are encouraged to visit GOV.UK and sign up to the UK Government email list to receive regular updates.