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Brexit

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. This process is known as Brexit.

From 1 January 2021, the rights of EU nationals living in the UK have changed. We've published advice on what Brexit means for people living in Scotland.

Staying in the UK after Brexit

If you're from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and living in the UK, and you want to stay, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline is 30 June 2021, but it's worth applying now.

You'll need to apply to stay in the UK even if you already have a permanent residence document or have lived in the UK for a long time. 

See our advice on staying in the UK after Brexit and on keeping your family in the UK after Brexit.

EU Citizens Support Service

If you have any questions about the EU Settlement Scheme or need help applying, you can contact our free, confidential and impartial EU Citizens Support Service. You can call the service helpline on 0800 916 9847. It's open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Brexit and citizens' rights

You can find a series of factsheets about the rights of EU citizens in Scotland on the JustCitizens website. These factsheets cover citizens' rights to:

  • work
  • NHS healthcare
  • vote
  • study
  • benefits
  • housing.

The factsheets are available in English, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish.