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EU Settlement Scheme

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. EU nationals living in the UK by 31 December 2020 had until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK.

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

Staying in the UK now that we have left the EU

If you're from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, your options for staying in the UK depend on your situation.

The deadline for most people to apply for pre-settled or settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021. You might still be able to apply if you’re in one of these situations:

• you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and you need to make a late application
• your family member has pre-settled or settled status and you want to join them in the UK
• you have a valid biometric residence permit or visa

If you’re not in any of these situations, you can only stay in the UK as a visitor for up to 6 months. If you want to live in the UK, you’ll need a work, study or family visa. You can check if you can get a visa on GOV.UK.

For further information check our online advice on staying in the UK if you’re from the EU.

EU Citizens Support Service

If you have any questions or need support to apply to stay in the UK if you’re from the EU Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can contact our free, confidential and impartial EU Citizens Support Service helpline on 0800 916 9847. It's open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Rights of EU Citizens in Scotland

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