The Prime Minister has consistently made clear that protecting the status of EU citizens and their families living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU, was her top priority for negotiations. As agreed with the EU in March 2018, EU citizens resident in the UK will have until the end of the grace period in June 2021 to apply for the Settlement Scheme, which will enable them to continue living their lives broadly as now.
It is vital that the over three million non-UK EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply to the settlement scheme. That is why the Home Office has already launched a national ‘stay informed’ awareness campaign to set out EU citizens’ rights after the UK leaves the EU and to point towards reliable sources information, including official emails from the government. This activity complements wider communications through the media, digital channels and with stakeholders, including businesses and EU citizens’ representatives, ahead of the scheme going live in the second half of this year. A new user group with organisations that support vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children and families, victims of domestic violence and those with English as a second language, has also been established to ensure everyone has the right support.
EU citizens and their family members who would like to find out more about the Settlement Scheme and be informed when they can apply for it can sign up for email updates at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know.