The UK has left the European Union (EU) at 11pm on 31 January 2020. Following this withdrawal – called 'Brexit', short for 'British exit' – there was a 'transition' period in which UK and EU negotiated what their future relationship would look like. The transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020.
New rules came into effect on 1 January 2021.
If you’re from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you and your family might be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. You might also be able to apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.
Applying to the EU settlement scheme
The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.
If you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can still apply if you or a family member were living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You must also either:
- meet one of the criteria for a later deadline to apply
- have 'reasonable grounds' for not applying by 30 June 2021
For further information go to GOV.UK: apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
There may be other actions you need to take now the Brexit transition period has ended. These actions will depend on your circumstances. The government has provided an online service that you can use to make a list of actions for you and your family.
For full information, go to GOV.UK: Brexit transition.