Residents and visitors
We are still not sure how Britain exiting the European Union will affect EU citizens living in the UK.
However, the Government says it intends to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK now that the UK has left. This is subject to negotiations with the EU and the final Brexit deal.
Check for new Brexit rules on the Government's website by using the Brexit checker.
Immigration status of EU citizens
All EU citizens and their families in the UK will need to obtain immigration status.
This may be either:
- a residency document
- settled status
The immigration status you can apply for will be depend on your circumstances and certain requirements. The Home Office will provide more information in due course. The Home Office also offers advice on immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
If you are a UK permanent resident, you must still apply for settled status or citizenship.
Settlement scheme for EU citizens
The EU settlement service has been temporarily suspended due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Check for alternative service points or see if you can borrow an android device from someone you know safely without spreading infection.
Help with settled status applications
This service is provided by the Home Office.
Find out more on the GOV.UK website.
Get advice on your rights
For advice about your rights and to help you find a solicitor:
- get in touch with Citizens Advice Lewisham
- find a local law centre.
Information for EU students
If you are an EU citizen studying or planning to study in the borough, you can find out how Brexit might affect you from The UK Council for International student affairs. Goldsmiths, University of London also offer advice to students from abroad who are, or are considering, studying there.
For more guidance and advice
There are many other sources of information, advice and guidance, including: