The UK and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal 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 homelessness help in the UK as before. These rules also apply to citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
We’ve been updating our advice for citizens to reflect these changes. You can read the page ‘EU exit (Brexit)’, which has links to other pages with more information about how Brexit will affect people living in Scotland.
If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, some of your rights might change after 31 December 2020, so if you want to stay in the UK you should apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. If you need more help with your application you can contact the EU Citizens Support Service on the free helpline 0800 916 9847. The line is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.