Information and advice for EU Citizens living in Wandsworth

Rights of Europeans living in the UK

Current situation 

Following the vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been no change to the status or rights of EU citizens in the UK. EU citizens will retain their current rights up until the time when the UK formally leaves the EU, which is expected to occur in March 2019. 

Each individual’s circumstances are unique and it is difficult to recommend specific options when the proposals are still being negotiated. 

You can sign up to email alerts from the Home Office to be notified when there are developments on the status of EU nationals in the UK. 

Government proposals

As part of the negotiations for Brexit, the UK Government has set out proposals for the rights of EU citizens after Britain leaves the EU. These proposals may change during the negotiations so it is important that you review the guidance on GOV.UK for the latest information. Some key aspects are:

  1. Creating a new immigration status for EU citizens of ‘settled status’, which will entitle citizens to work and live in the UK. This will be open to any EU citizens who are resident in the UK before the ‘cut off date’ and have been continuously resident in the UK for five years. The cut off date is yet to be decided, but is expected to be no earlier than 29th March 2017 and no later than the date the UK leaves the EU.
  2. EU citizens who became resident in the UK prior to the cut-off date but who have not been able to accrue five years of continuous residency will be entitled to apply for temporary status in order to remain in the UK until they have accumulated five years. 
  3. Family members who are dependent on EU citizens currently resident in the UK will be able apply for settled status provided they join the family member before the UK leaves the EU. After the cut-off date, family members would be subject to more stringent rules, possibly including a minimum income threshold (currently set at £18,600 for family members joining British Citizens).

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