Information for EU citizens

EU citizens living in Southwark

The rights of EU citizens and their family members to live and work in the UK will remain the same until the UK leaves the EU.

The UK Government has said it intends to protect the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The UK Government and the European Commission published a joint report agreeing on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after its withdrawal from the EU. The agreement means that EU citizens living in the UK will have their rights to live, work or get benefits preserved so that they can carry on living as they do now. Family members living lawfully with their EU citizen relatives are also protected. However, this is subject to negotiations with the European Union and a final Brexit deal being reached.

EU Settlement Scheme

The Government has published details about the EU Settlement Scheme – the new scheme which will enable EU citizens and their family members to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. The EU Settlement Scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members, you may be able to apply now if you meet the criteria.

The scheme will be open fully by 30 March 2019, but Southwark is one of 12 local authorities taking part in a pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme, before the scheme formally launches to the wider public.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, though you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You may be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member in the UK.

The Government recently announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

Applications are expected to be made online. The council is offering support to residents who may struggle with the application and will also be working with the voluntary and community sector to reach residents who may not be aware of the scheme. For more information, go to how we can help.

Other advice and guidance

As the UK’s exit from the EU is currently being negotiated by government, information about Brexit is constantly changing, which makes it difficult for councils to advise our residents about the impact Brexit will have on them and their families. For the most up to date information about Brexit visit the government website GOV.UK - Brexit.

A list of frequently asked questions is included below and further advice and guidance is available from these organisations:

  • Visit the European Commission for questions and answers which explain the rights of European and UK citizens in various situations
  • UK Citizenship for European Nationals provides free advice on obtaining residence documentation for EEA nationals and their family to attain settled status
  • Citizens Advice has information on Brexit and how it affects you. It also shows you how to contact your nearest Citizens Advice office if you think you've been discriminated against since the referendum (eg unfairly refused work / housing, or told your rights have changed)
  • The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association has a searchable directory (based on area) for where you can get immigration advice
  • New Europeans has produced 4 survival guides for EU citizens living in the UK. They include information on:
    • citizenship rights post-Brexit
    • how to get involved in the community
    • how to get involved politically as an EU citizen
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations latest guidance and resources to help voluntary organizations understand, and prepare for, the possible impact of Brexit
  • The Mayor of London’s EU Londoners Hub has information, advice about what the UK’s exit from the EU will mean for Londoners, as well as information on Settled Status translated into multiple European languages

Page last updated: 03 September 2019