EU citizens after EU exit

Last updated: 5 February 2019

The UK may be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019.

The EU exit (also known as Brexit) may have an effect on the way you live in Scotland.

This may include changes to EU citizens' rights.

EU exit has not happened, and many of the details are not yet known or are regularly changing. This page gives the most up-to-date information, but it will be added to and changed over time, so please keep checking back for updates.

EU citizens currently living in the UK will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to keep living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You will also have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you're a citizen of:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Switzerland

There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the provisions of the Common Travel Area.

This scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019 and is run by the UK Government. The proposed fee for settled status will be removed and applications will be free.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, including:

  • how to apply
  • who should apply
  • when to apply
  • what status you will receive
  • your rights
  • EU citizens with permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain
  • EU citizens under 21

The Scottish Government will be delivering an advice and support service through Citizens Advice Scotland. Information on this is still to come, and will be added to this page when it does.

More information

More details for EU citizens living in Scotland will be added to this page as new information on EU exit is available.

Meanwhile, there are a number of other sites you can check for updates:

The content on this site is correct as of today's date and is based on the information available at this time. Regular updates will be made as developments around the EU Exit process develop. In the event of a 'no deal' scenario, additional advice and information will be communicated through this channel. Please continue to check back for updates.