UK government’s offer for EU citizens in the UK

EU citizens in the UK are incredibly valued members of our communities, just as UK nationals abroad are. They have made an enormous contribution to the UK and we want them to continue to be able to do so. We want to provide certainty for the over 3 million EU citizens in the UK as soon as possible.

There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU. In June 2017, the Prime Minister outlined our offer for EU citizens after we leave – setting out how we want to secure EU citizens’ rights in the UK, and UK nationals’ rights in the EU.

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Our offer to EU citizens and their families

No EU citizen currently living here lawfully will have to leave as a result of us leaving the EU. There will be plenty of time for people to apply for and receive their new residence status after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

We want to ensure EU citizens who arrived in the UK before the cut-off date (to be agreed during negotiations) continue to be able to live here as they do now and also enjoy other important rights such as access to healthcare, education, social security and pensions.

EU citizens who arrived before the cut off date and have lived in the UK for 5 years on the date we leave will be able to stay indefinitely through ‘settled status’, subject to an assessment of their conduct and criminality. People who won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave, but arrived here before the cut-off date, will be allowed to apply for permission to stay on until they reach the 5 year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.

Family dependants who are living with or join EU citizens before the UK’s exit will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. In these cases the cut-off date won’t apply.

EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be asked to apply for a new streamlined, user-friendly application scheme, due to launch in 2018.

There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage, but you can sign up for email updates to receive an alert when there is further news on the application scheme.

Guidance for EU citizens


Applications for permanent residence status

The settled status application process for EU citizens will be completely different from the current one for documents confirming EU permanent residence status. We are designing a new system from scratch, with new processes, technology, rules and support for applicants.

Permanent residence documents confirm that an individual has rights under European law. In future, EU law will no longer apply and the migration and status of EU nationals will be subject to UK law.

We recognise the concerns of those who have already applied for and been granted a permanent residence certificate, who have told us that they should not have to go through a full process again.

If you have already gone through the process and got a permanent residence document, there will be a simple process to exchange this for settled status. We will check your identity document, carry out a security check, and ask you to confirm that you still reside in the UK. Any previous residence assessment we have done will not be repeated and you will be charged a reduced fee.



Example case studies: EU citizens living in the UK after we leave the EU

Watch the video to find out how these citizens would be affected