The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union on citizens’ rights in negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
This means that:
People who, by 29 March 2019, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.
People who arrive by 29 March 2019, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.
Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019.
All EU citizens will need to apply to obtain status in UK law. A process will be set up during the second half of 2018 to enable EU citizens to apply for settled status. This will remain open for at least two years after the UK leaves the EU.
As more details emerge from the government over time, you can rest assured that we will be here to support you during this period of uncertainty.
How can you find out more information?
We’ll be here to support you as more information about what the impact will be on leaving the European Union is published. In the meantime, we have published a number of links to other resources on our website.