Current situation for people from countries in the European Union
The rights of EU Citizens and their family members to live and work in the UK will remain the same until the UK leaves the EU.
The Government has said it intends to protect the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK after Brexit. However, this is subject to negotiations with the European Union and a final Brexit deal being reached.
The UK government has advised that there is no need for EU Citizens and their family members to do anything now.
Draft details of the new scheme which will enable EU citizens and their family members to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU have now been published.
The scheme, which is still subject to Parliament’s approval, will open later this year and be fully open in March 2019. The government has advised that the deadline for applying for settled status for EU citizens and their family members will be the 30 June 2021; although you may still be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member in the UK.
When the UK leaves the EU and subject to any grace periods the government imposes, all EU Citizens and their families in the UK will need to obtain an immigration status in UK Law. This is currently proposed to be either a residency document, settled status or citizenship. The immigration status you can apply for will be subject to your individual circumstances and meeting certain requirements, which will be specified in due course by the Home Office.