Our online Brexit advice is always updated to take account of a fast-moving situation. You usually need to apply to stay in the UK if you’re from:
There are specific arrangements for Irish citizens and British citizens.
Check when you should apply
It’s worth applying immediately to stay in the UK. After the UK leaves the EU you might be asked to prove your right to do things like get a job or use the NHS. You’ll be able to do this by showing you have ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ or British citizenship. You should apply by 31 December 2020 – your rights could change after that date.
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal
You’ll only be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you were already living in the UK before 31 October 2019. If you arrive in the UK after 31 October 2019, you can stay for 3 months. If you want to stay longer, you’ll need to apply for European temporary leave to remain. The government will announce more details about this scheme if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.
Check what you need to apply for
This depends on how long you’ve lived in the UK and if you’ve applied to stay in the UK before.