Information for residents and businesses about Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

New rules

New rules now apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe. Use the government's Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.

Find out how the new rules apply to you

Staying in the UK if you're an EU citizen

If you are an EU citizen, you should check if you need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). This applies if you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. 

You should apply for the EUSS by Wednesday 30 June 2021 if you want to continue to live and work in the UK. 

Free help with EUSS applications

Ealing Law Centre is offering free services to help EU citizens with their applications, including those with complex cases.

Visit the Ealing Law Centre website to complete a referral form

Apply on the government website

EU Settlement Scheme 

All EU nationals who were resident in the UK prior to 01/01/21 are required to apply to the EU settlement scheme.  

In this context EU nationals includes EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members (The EEA countries are Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). 

Applications for the EU settlement scheme are free and completed by a 3-step online application form on GOV.UK.  

Apply for EU settlement scheme

EU nationals have been given 6 months to apply for the settlement scheme until 30 June 2021 

Further information is available on GOV.UK 

Eligibility to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction for EU nationals 

Since 1 January 2021 Housing Benefit and or Council Tax Reduction applicants will fall into 2 categories -  

  • EU nationals who were resident in the UK prior to 1 January 2021 with either
    • Settled status (have an automatic eligibility to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction)
    • Pre-settled status (are required to hold a qualifying right to reside to be eligible ;- further information can be found at qualifying right to reside for EU nationals on GOV.UK
  • EU nationals who arrived in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 and were not resident prior to this date are subject to immigration control. 

We require proof of the EU Settlement status for all new applications for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. 

A screenshot of the online EU Settlement scheme account must be provided to confirm settlement status.  


Page last updated: 18 Jun 2021