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.

You can read further details of the agreement on the page Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know.

Settled status and pre-settled status

In order to secure your rights, you will need to apply for 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.

 

The application process will check three basic principles – identity, UK residence and criminality. We’re making the application process as quick and user-friendly as possibly. We’ll use existing government data to reduce the amount of evidence you will need to provide. For example, in most cases HM Revenue and Customs records may show us how long you’ve been living and working here. We won’t be checking the amount of tax you have paid.

A guide to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their family members is on GOV.UK. Details of the scheme are still subject to approval by Parliament.

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, according to the same rules as now
  • 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