Settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families
The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU citizens and their family members to continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the implementation period in December 2020. It will mean they are eligible for:
- public services, such as healthcare and schools
- public funds and pensions
- British citizenship, if they meet the requirements and want to apply.
The implementation period will run from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. During this period, new arrangements will be put in place and the rights of EU citizens will remain unchanged throughout the period. The EU Settlement Scheme will be open to applications until 30 June 2021 for those who are resident here by the end of 2020.
The application process
Appendix EU has been added to the UK Immigration Rules, which governs the rights of EU nationals in the UK on or before the end of the transition period. This document can be found here: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules.
EU nationals in the UK
Months to process applications