EU citizens - Brexit information

The UK is preparing to leave the European Union. There are two main options for leaving: with a ‘withdrawal agreement’ and period of time to put necessary arrangements in place; or without an agreed deal. A ‘no-deal’ Brexit may impact EU citizens living in Northern Ireland.

EU citizen events

The Home Office is running a series of information events in Belfast, Derry, Dungannon and Magherafelt for EU citizens.

If you're an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen living in Northern Ireland, you and your family members are able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

You can find out more at the following events:

Londonderry 

Monday 30 September, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Maldron Hotel, Butcher Street, Derry, Co, Londonderry, BT48 6HL

Dungannon

Tuesday 1 October, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, The Junction Step, 12 Beechvalley Way, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT70 1BS

Magherafelt 

Wednesday 2 October, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, 42-48 Church Street, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, BT45 6AW

Belfast 

Thursday 3 October, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS

Irish citizens

There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the Common Travel Area.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, EU citizens will need to show they are living in the UK by December 2020.

You will also have to apply to the scheme if you are a citizen of:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Switzerland

This scheme is run by the UK government and applications are free.

Go to the GOV.UK website for more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, including:

  • how to apply
  • who should apply
  • when to apply
  • what status you will receive
  • your rights
  • EU citizens with permanent residence or indefinite leave to stay
  • EU citizens under 21

No deal

The UK government has set out how the rights of EU citizens would be protected if no deal is reached with the EU. This only applies to EU citizens who are living in the UK by the time Brexit happens.

If there's a 'no-deal' situation, EU citizens living in the UK will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by December 2020 (instead of the June 2021 deadline there would be if there was a deal).

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, EU citizens will need to show they are living in the UK by December 2020.

You will also have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you're a citizen of:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Switzerland

EU citizens moving to Northern Ireland after EU exit

If there is a withdrawal agreement (a 'deal' situation), EU citizens will still be able to come to the UK under the current terms until December 2020.

If you wish to stay after December 2020 you will have to apply for Settled Status under the UK government's EU Settlement Scheme.

If there is a 'no-deal' situation, only EU citizens living in the UK before EU exit will have their rights protected.

Anyone arriving after Brexit will be under different rules and will have to apply for 'temporary leave to stay' if they plan on staying in the UK for longer than three months.

The UK government has guidance on EU citizens staying in the UK for longer than three months if there's no EU exit deal.

More information

There are a number of other links you can check for updates:

 

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