There are over 30,000 European Union (EU) citizens living in Islington and they play a valuable role in our community. Islington Council is doing what it can to support residents who may be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU so they can continue to live and work here.
Applying to stay in the UK or applying for settled status
If you are an EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen you will need to apply for settled status to be able to continue living and working here at the end of the transition period. You can do this through the government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). You must apply by 30 June 2021.
If you are a family member whose status in the UK is reliant on the free movement rights of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you will also need to apply.
You don’t need to apply if you have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK or if you have British or Irish citizenship (including dual citizenship).
What is settled status? How do you qualify?
If you are granted settled or pre-settled status you will be able to stay in the UK and live your life as you do now. The government has said that you will have the same access to benefits, public services and healthcare.
You may qualify for settled status (indefinite leave to remain) if you have lived in the UK for five years. If you have lived in the UK for less than five years you may qualify for pre-settled status (limited leave to remain).
Advice and help with applying
Free advice event - 24 May 2021
If you need advice on applying for settled status or would like to understand how Brexit will affect your rights to live and work in the UK, please join the free advice session being run by Islington in Europe on Monday 24 May, 6.30-8.30pm. register through Eventbrite Places are limited so please
Identity (ID) verification
If you have an Android or iPhone 7 or newer device, you can verify your identity through the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. If you are unable to use the app you can send your documents by post. Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend our the identify verification service in response to coronavirus.
Computer access or help to get online
You can visit Islington’s libraries where there is free wi-fi access. Library staff are on hand to offer help to get online or use online services – you can book an advice session with a member of staff if needed. Please note. Islington libraries are running a reduced service at the moment to stop the spread of coronavirus, find out more about changes to services.
Assisted Digital support is available over the phone, at a local centre or in your home if you do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form. Find out more about Assisted Digital support via GOV.UK.
Help with the application
- Citizens Advice Islington: offer advice Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Call 0300 330 1197 to speak to an advisor or book an appointment to come in to 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR
- Islington Law Centre: can assist with complex cases or support vulnerable residents to make applications. Email email@example.com
- Arachne Greek Cypriot Women’s Group: offer appointments Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 1pm. To book an appointment call 020 7263 6261
Specialist legal advice
If you need specialist legal advice if you are unsure if you qualify or need advice about your immigration options you can contact an immigration adviser through Here for good law or search for a local immigration adviser by postcode through GOV.UK
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) ID verification service
If you are applying for the government’s EU Settlement Scheme, we can help you verify your identification
Find out abuot the new rules and how they may impact you, your business and your family
European Londoners Hub
Advice for Londoners from the Mayor of London on the EU exit, including rights and entitlements and how to apply
Citizens Advice: staying in the UK
Advice for EU citizens to help them stay in the UK
EU Citizens' Rights
Find the information you need about your rights as an EU Citizen living in the UK
EU/UK transition: advice for businesses
Information and advice for businesses in our borough to prepare for leaving the EU