EU Settlement Scheme and UK citizens' rights

EU Settlement Scheme

Links to key areas of work regarding the EU Settlement scheme:

  • The 'Stay in Scotland' toolkit - launched by the Scottish Government on 5 April 2019 - provides a range of materials for employers and EU citizens. It includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, details of the application process and requirements, links to other resources and some practical suggestions about how employers can support their EU employees in the workplace. Access it here
  • The Prime Minister announced on 21 January 2019 that there will be no application fee to the scheme, so that there is no financial barrier to any EU citizen who wishes to stay. Anyone who has applied during the private or public beta test phases, or who does so, will have their fee reimbursed, details of this process will be confirmed in due course.
  • Irish citizens to not need to apply.
  • The EUSS pilot stage 3, is now open: This is open to all resident EU citizens (but not British citizens) with a valid EU passport and non-EU citizen family members of an EU citizen with a biometric residence card.
  • On 21 January, the UK Government published a report of the second private beta test phase (PB2) of the EU Settlement Scheme. A copy of the report can be found at:
  • The Local Authority and Community Toolkit provides tools to support communicating with EU citizens. Please note the toolkit is for use to support full opening of the scheme AND NOT FOR THE PILOT STAGE
  • The Home Office has launched a Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Funding competition, the closing date 1st February 2019. For further information: (Please note a question has been raised about whether LAs and Community groups can make a joint application.  We will let you know when the Home Office provides an answer).
  • Scottish Government are funding Citizens Advice Scotland to provide an advice service, more details will be shared when available.
  • The We Are Digital webpage provides information to those that are considering delivering assisted digital services to support EU citizens applying for settled status.
  • EU citizens can be signposted to GOV.UK and they can sign up to email updates. GOV.UK content will be translated into all 23 EU languages before full opening of the scheme.
  • This link contains information to Scottish Government’s announcement regarding Citizens Advice Scotland funding.


In the event of a No Deal:On 6th December 2018, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union set out provisions for EU citizens and their family members in the UK in the event of a no deal outcome. You can read the policy document here and key information is below:

  • In the event of a no deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented, enabling EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis after we exit the EU as they do now. The scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019 as planned.
  • The Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and, as per the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance. A person will continue to be eligible for settled status under the scheme where they have been continuously resident in the UK for five years, and for pre-settled status (five years' leave to remain) if they do not yet qualify for settled status.
  • The EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding will continue as planned, providing organisations with funding to help ensure that EU citizens who need extra support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme are able to access it.
  • A proportionate approach will continue to be taken for those who miss the deadline for a good reason and allow them a reasonable further period in which to apply.
  • There would be some changes to the EU Settlement Scheme if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, which is set out in the policy document. In particular, as there will be no agreed implementation period, the application deadline will be brought forward to 31 December 2020.
  • There will be different arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal, and details of these will be set out in due course.
  • European Temporary Leave to Remain – Guidance from the Home Office


UK Nationals

Check a passport for travel to Europe - Before you travel, use this tool to check you have enough time left on your UK passport.

Common Travel Area Guidance - Guidance to UK and Irish Citizens on their rights under the Common Travel Area arrangements.

No deal
Policy paper on the rights of UK nationals in the EU - This paper outlines the UK Government's action to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the EU.

EU Exit information for UK nationals if there’s no deal - information for UK nationals in the absence of a withdrawal agreement.

Residence rights of UK nationals in the EU Member States in a no deal scenario.