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The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) means that the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU will change. This is because freedom of movement may end.

Until the UK leaves the EU on a set day, your rights remain unchanged. The UK government will announce when Brexit will happen.

How the Citizens Advice network in Scotland can help

Online advice for EU Citizens who live in the UK

If you're an EU national living in the UK and wish to stay, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for the right to remain here after Brexit. You will also have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you are a citizen of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.  You can find out about how your rights might be affected on our advice page EU exit (Brexit) advice.

EU Citizens Support

Our specialist helpline service for EU citizens resident in Scotland is called EU Citizens Support and is funded by the Scottish Government. This service is free and impartial and is designed to help EU citizens and their families with issues and concerns about the EU Settlement Scheme. It is available across Scotland through our network of local Citizens Advice bureaux – find your local bureau.

This service is for EU citizens who would like to apply for settled status but have extra needs. For example, you may:

  • have difficulty accessing an Android mobile phone
  • have limited access to the internet
  • find it difficult to get the evidence you need to apply
  • be at greater risk due to personal circumstances
  • have specific immigration or residency issues.

You can get free, confidential and impartial advice from our website, in person at your local bureau and on the phone. Our EU Citizens Support service has a national helpline 0800 916 9847 and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Please note that the helpline will be closed from 12:00 on 24th December to 09:00 on 3rd January 2020. Voice messages can be left and we will respond when the helpline reopens.