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Guidance for EEA/ Swiss nationals living & working in the UK

Posted on 12/03/2019 by Laura Fox

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As I’m sure you’re aware, the rules on free movement within the EU will be changing very soon with Brexit approaching, and while the government doesn’t have a clear plan on the nature of the deal, they are issuing guidance to EEA/Swiss nationals already living and working in the UK.

The message they want to send is one of reassurance – even in a ‘No Deal’ scenario, they have provisions in place for people already in the UK who wish to remain and continue to work, as well as providing a transitional period to give you time to apply for the correct visa.

The following tool will help you decide what steps to take in order to continue to live and work in the UK: Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU.

The most likely outcome is that you will need to apply for ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, depending on how long you have lived in the UK. For further guidance on this specific scheme, please visit: Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families.

The government are currently running a pilot scheme, but it will be open to everyone from 30th March 2019. You will have until 30th June 2021 to apply, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, although the government are advising that you apply sooner rather than later.