21 August 2019

There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK after we leave the European Union.

Some inaccurate reporting has suggested that, once freedom of movement ends after Brexit, EU citizens resident in the UK will be left in “legal limbo”. However, EU citizens and their families are welcome to stay and there are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

This scheme covers all EU citizens and their families living in the UK by 31 October, and EU citizens have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply. Further details can be found on the Home Office free movement factsheet.

If you are an EU citizen and are currently living in the UK or plan to be living in the UK by 31 October, you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The easiest way to apply is online.

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