There are around 20,000 European Union (EU) citizens living in Islington and they play a valuable role in our community. Islington Council has been taking steps to prepare for Brexit and we will do what we can to support residents who may be affected so they can continue to live and work here.
Three-quarters of our residents voted to remain in the EU. We are proud of our diverse community and we are stronger when we stand together.
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 once the UK leaves the EU. You can do this through the government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
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
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, alternatively you can book an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. This service is free for Islington and City of London residents and their families. Visit the identify verification service page for details and to book an appointment.
Computer access or help to get online
You can visit any of 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arachne Greek Cypriot Women’s Group: offer appointments Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 1pm. To book an appointment call 020 7263 6261
The Government also has set up the EU Settlement Resolution Centre helpline if you need information or support when making your application. There may be a charge for calls. For details of how to contact the helpline visit GOV.UK.
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
Islington Council is working with Settled and Islington in Europe to provide legal information and guidance events for EU citizens. Check back for dates of the next session.
Information and guidance
As the UK’s exit from the EU is currently being negotiated by the government, information about Brexit is constantly changing. This makes it difficult for the council to advise residents on the impact it will have on them and their families. For up to date information about Brexit visit GOV.UK. You can also sign up for email alerts.