What impact will Brexit have on EU nationals currently working in the UK?
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period is now in place, which ends on 31 December 2020. EU nationals residing in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be 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 settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families, which reflects the agreement on citizens' rights.
The settlement scheme is open for applications. EU nationals who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to make an application. Individuals will need to 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.