EU citizens' rights and settlement scheme

The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights. This agreement will protect your rights after the UK leaves the EU and enable you to continue to live your life as you do now. It also covers your family members.

Settled status and pre-settled status

In order to secure your rights, you will need to apply for settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.

Your rights will not change until 2021 so there is no need for you to apply for status as soon as the scheme opens.

A guide to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their families is on GOV.UK.

Watch our video about the settlement scheme application process

We’re making the application process as quick and user-friendly as possible. It will check 3 basic principles – identity, UK residence and criminality.

If you’ve paid tax through work or received benefits, we’ll use your National Insurance number to help us confirm when you’ve been resident in the UK.

Getting status under the scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK as you can now. It will mean you will continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements

Please sign up for email updates from the Home Office to be kept aware of developments that might affect you, including the steps that you will need to take to confirm your status in the UK after we leave the EU.

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