No EU citizen currently living in the UK lawfully will have to leave the UK when we leave the EU. Read more below about the rights of European Union citizens in the UK and their families.
There will be plenty of time for people to apply for and receive their new residence status after the UK leaves the EU.
There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU, or during the implementation period which continues until December 2020.
If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen living in the UK, you and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ if you want to continue living in Scotland or anywhere in the UK after June 2021.
You will not need to apply if you’re an Irish citizen, but may choose to do so if you wish. Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are currently being negotiated, but we intend that the settlement scheme will be open to them.
The scheme will open fully by March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021. You may be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member in the UK.
Getting settled status means you can continue to live and work in the UK for as long as you like. It will mean you’re eligible for:
Full details of the scheme are still subject to approval by Parliament.
Visit the Scottish Government’s EU policy pages.
Find out more about Scotland and Brexit.