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 will 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, Lichtenstein 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 new part-time 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 around 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 will be able to get free, confidential and impartial advice from our website, in person at your local bureau and on the phone. Our new service has a national helpline 0800 916 9847 and is open on:
- Monday and Friday mornings from 0900-1300, and
- Wednesday afternoons from 1300-1700.
Where else you can find useful information
There are lots of other impartial sources of information from external organisations to help you understand what your choices are. Please note, as these are external organisations, Citizens Advice Scotland are not responsible for the accuracy of any information.
Information for EU citizens
- Community and human rights groups representing EU citizens have information on their websites, like the Citizen Rights Project and Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Civil Society Brexit Project.
- Research groups such as The UK in a Changing Europe have also published information to try to demystify the facts around EU citizens and their rights.
- The office of the European Commission has some in-depth information including FAQs and video content outlining current EU citizens' rights.
- Here is a more detailed visualisation to help you understand what Eurozones – the Brexit Landscape actually looks like.
Information for businesses and employers
- For business owners, the Financial Conduct Authority has issued some guidance.
- The Scottish Government have also issued guidance for Brexit planning for businesses in Scotland.
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, Lichtenstein or Switzerland. You can find out about how your rights might be affected on our advice page