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Change in the law for EU citizens

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union in January last year, and the transition period now ending, the laws for EU nationals living here have now changed.

This affects access to benefits, health care, employment and residence.

Following the change in the law, EU citizens must now make an application to remain in the UK.

The deadline for these applications is June 30 2021 and we would encourage all affected customers who wish to remain in the country to apply as soon as possible.

Please don’t wait until closer to the deadline to start your application as you may need additional time to renew expired documentation or gather further evidence.

Please note, the application process is free.

For further information, and to apply to the EU Settled Status scheme, please click here.

Further support available for applicants

Settled is a charity founded in 2019 to help EU citizens and their family members in the UK to secure their post-Brexit rights.

Settled staff and volunteers are OISC accredited and authorised to give immigration advice limited to the EU Settled Status scheme. Settled has helplines in nine European languages and also provides advice via email at For more information, visit:

Further resources

  • The Home Office EU Resolution Centre: 0330 123 7379
  • EU Rights - for a list of local organisations providing free support and events across the UK, visit the EU Delegation to the UK website at:
  • Here for Good - Here for Good is one of many pro-bono legal organisations available for referrals of complex cases, such as those with a criminal record:
  • Local support - The Government's EU Settlement Scheme website provides a list of organisations across the UK that provide support. It also includes a postcode search to easily find locally-based providers.
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