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.

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.

The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EU Settlement Scheme is run by the UK government and applications are free. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

If you want to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you will need to fill out an online application using a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

To send an application, go to:

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

Help and advice

Support is available if you need help to fill out your application.

If you need help, two organisations in NI, Advice NI and the Stronger Together EUSS Support Project, can provide you with free, confidential advice and support, including:

  • immigration advice
  • practical help and support, including interpreting services and online access to help you complete your application

Advice NI

You can contact Advice NI by phone, email, or text:

  • phone: free EU Settlement Scheme helpline 0800 138 6545
  • text service: text EUSS to 66644 and an adviser will call you back
  • email: euss@adviceni.net

Stronger Together EUSS Support Project

You can contact Stronger Together EUSS Support Project by phone or email:

You can also 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

If the UK leaves the EU without a 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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