What impact will Brexit have on EU nationals already working in the UK before the end of the transition period?
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and a transition period was in place until 31 December 2020. EU nationals residing in the UK before 31 December 2020 are eligible for settled status when they have been resident for five years. This will give them the right to live and work in the UK indefinitely. Those who do not have five years' continuous residence can apply for pre-settled status, giving them the right to remain until they reach the five-year mark, at which point they can apply for settled status.
The Government has published guidance on applying under the EU settlement scheme for EU nationals and their family members.
EU nationals who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to make an application. Individuals must apply for settled status even if they have previously obtained evidence of permanent residence status.
Citizens of the other EEA countries (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Swiss nationals can also apply under the settlement scheme.