Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom

Residing in the UK and in the EU

29/10/2019 - 12:00
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EU citizens residing in the UK

EU free movement rules will continue to fully apply for the benefit of all EU citizens and UK nationals during the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement, until the end of 2020. After the transition period, the Withdrawal Agreement provides that the residence status and all connected rights of EU citizens and of their family members legally resident in the UK at the end of the transition period will remain protected. You will find more details regarding the rights of EU citizens and their family members in the UK under the Withdrawal Agreement in the Commission's questions and answers document.

In accordance with Article 18 of the Withdrawal Agreement, all EU citizens, who arrived to the UK before the end of the transition period and intend to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020, must apply for a new UK immigration status implementing the Withdrawal Agreement. Failure to apply for this would mean that any future residence in the UK will be unauthorised and therefore unlawful.

The EU Settlement Scheme is a UK Home Office application process that nearly all EU citizens, and their family members, must complete to protect their future residence in the UK in accordance with the rights provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement. The Scheme is only for EU citizens and family members who have already been resident in the UK before the end of the transition period and are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement. These citizens will have until 30 June 2021 to secure the right to reside in the UK after this date.

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme visit the UK government's website.

If you look for information sessions or organisations near you who may be able to assist with further information please visit www.eurights.uk

UK nationals residing in the EU

EU free movement rules will continue to fully apply for the benefit of all EU citizens and UK nationals during the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement, but will end at the expiry of that transition period. You will find more details regarding the rights of UK nationals and their family members in the EU under the Withdrawal Agreement in the Commission's questions and answers document. In accordance with Article 18 of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK nationals, who arrived in an EU Member State before the end of the transition period and intend to reside in that Member State after 31 December 2020, may be requested to apply for a new immigration status in their Member State of residence. You are advised to take contact with the competent authorities of the relevant Member State for more details regarding the procedures you may need to follow.

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