The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020. If you are from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you need to know how this will affect your immigration status.

Information last updated on 31/01/2020

There has been no change to your immigration status since Brexit. You (and your family members) are welcome to stay here and you can continue to live, study, and work in the UK, just as you do now.

Transition period

The UK has entered into a post-Brexit transition period until 31st December 2020.

During the transition period, freedom of movement continues to apply. This means that EU/EEA/Swiss nationals can come to the UK without a visa, and are free to live, study, and work here.

You can also access free NHS healthcare, provided that you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Travelling in and out of the UK during the transition period

You won't notice any immediate changes at the border. You are free to come and go as you wish. Visas will not be required, at least until January 2021.

  • If you have a modern passport with a chip, you can continue to use the e-gates at the airport.
  • You can still use your EU/EEA national ID card to enter the UK. However, we expect this to be phased out once the transition period ends, so you should make sure you have a valid passport.

If you intend to stay in the UK after the end of the transition period, we recommend that you collect evidence of your travel (such as flight tickets, passport stamps, and boarding passes). This may help you demonstrate your UK residency when you apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Please be aware that leaving the UK for long periods of time may affect how your UK residency is calculated when you apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

After the transition period

Staying in the UK

If you want to stay in the UK after the transition period ends on 31st December 2020, you (and your family members) will need to apply for permission under the EU Settlement Scheme. Applications for this scheme are free and straightforward.

The scheme is open now and you have until 30th June 2021 to apply.

If you intend to leave the UK permanently before 31st December 2020, you don't need to do anything.

Moving to the UK

EU/EEA nationals are still welcome to come to the UK to live, work, and study after the end of the transition period. However, you will be subject to immigration control and may need to apply for a visa (depending on the purpose of your visit).

The UK government is currently designing a new post-Brexit immigration system which will come into force on 1st January 2021. We don't have any details about this yet but will update these webpages as we know more.

Brexit policy is currently being finalised and changes occur frequently. We have made every effort to ensure that this information is correct at the time of writing but the information is subject to change. You should always refer to the official gov.uk website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/eu-eea-commonwealth