Important deadline for EU/EEA nationals

Important deadline for EU/EEA nationals

Applying to live and work in the UK if you are a citizen of the EU/EEA, or a Swiss national

If you were living in the UK on the 31 December 2020 and you are a:

  • European Union (EU) citizen
  • European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, or a
  • Swiss national

new rules mean you have to apply for pre-settled or settled status if you want to continue to live and work in the UK.

The scheme to apply for pre-settled or settled status is called the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).


The deadline for applying to the EUSS was 30th June 2021. If you missed the deadline you should still apply, giving reasons why you were late.


If you do not apply to the EUSS you will not be able to get help from the council with housing or claim benefits.

How do I apply to the EUSS?

You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) on the website.

It is free to apply.

What if I arrived in the UK for the first time on or after 1 January 2021?

If you were not living in the UK before 31 December 2020, or entered the UK for the first time on or after 1 January 2020, you will be subject to immigration control and the rules about your eligibility for help with housing are different.

Where can I get more help?

Find out more about the EUSS here.

If you want to speak to someone or need free help applying to the EUSS then contact the Citizen’s Advice EU citizens’ rights project on 01446 509897 or email [email protected]

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This page was last updated on: October 1, 2021

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