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The UK and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement on the UK's exit from the EU, a process known as Brexit. This means that the UK will leave the EU with a deal at 11pm GMT on Friday 31 January 2020.

The agreement includes a transition period that will run until 31 December 2020. During this time, very little will change for EU citizens in the UK or British citizens travelling to the EU. Free movement rules will still apply, so EU citizens will have the same rights to live, work, study, retire, claim benefits and get housing help in the UK as before. These rules also apply to citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

We've produced advice on what Brexit means for people living in Scotland. We'll keep updating our advice as more Brexit changes are announced.

Staying in the UK after Brexit

If you're from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and living in the UK, and you wish to stay after 31 December 2020, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. 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 think you'll need extra support to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can contact our free, confidential and impartial EU Citizens Support Service. You might need more help if you:

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

You can call the EU Citizens Support Service helpline on 0800 916 9847. It's open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.