All EU citizens and their family members who are in the UK must apply for a residence document to confirm their right to reside and work legally in the country. Once approved, both the European and their family members will have their status confirmed electronically. Family members who are not EU citizens will also have their status confirmed physically through the issue of a Residence Card.
The UK officially left the European Union on the 31st of January 2020, with an established transitional period until the 31st of December 2020, in which all Europeans and their family members who still wish to migrate to the UK may do so under the deadline. For those who migrate after this date, the British Government will provide new, yet less favourable, legislation.
For EU citizens and their family members who arrive before the 31st of December 2020, the deadline for settling their immigration status will be on the 30th of June 2021.
Europeans and their family members with less than five years’ residence in the UK may apply for a temporary five year residence, also known as pre-settled status. European family members who have a different nationality will acquire a biometric card whilst EU citizens will have their status recognised electronically.
Europeans and their family members who have resided in the UK for 5 continuous years or more will be able to apply for their permanent residence, also known as Settled Status. European family members who hold a different nationality will acquire a biometric card.
12 months after acquiring Settled Status, European citizens and their family members who wish to become British citizens will be able to apply through the naturalisation process.