There are 3 million EU nationals living in the UK. About 1.2 million UK nationals live abroad in other EU countries.

In June 2016, more British people voted to leave the EU than to remain part of it. This has become known as Brexit.

The expected leaving date is 29 March 2019, but the process to leave has already begun. At present the UK is still part of the EU.

Three things you should know if you're an EU citizen living in the UK

1. EU laws are in force in the UK for as long as it's part of the EU.

2. New laws have not come into force yet. Until they do, you have the same right to live, work and get benefits in the UK.

3. Changes to the law are unlikely to happen straight away. You should be told about changes in advance.

After the UK leaves

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill aims to make EU law into UK law. So EU law will still apply after the UK leaves the EU. In the future, these laws may be changed or removed.

You can apply for settled status if you've legally lived in the UK for five years, under the current proposals. If you get settled status, you can still live, work and claim benefits after the UK leaves the EU.

Need legal advice?

This may be a worrying time for you. You can get help. For legal advice about your right to stay in the UK, you can see:

•  an immigration adviser

•  a solicitor

•  a barrister

•  a chartered legal executive or CILEx immigration practitioner

Find out more about other types of lawyers.

Your Comments

Lensy says:

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 00:29
Dear Mr and Madam,

It is a great pleasure that I send this message for you and i am living for 13 years in UK but since 3 years i don't work and I would like to know if I can apply residency in United Kingdom. Thank you for your good comprehension. Am german citizen



Catalin says:

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 21:23

In reply to by Lensy

For the moment you dont have to do anything. We have to wait until the government will make the new type of application for ppl like you, me and other EU citizens. You can get more info on Home Office website. Just Google-it and there you will find more details. You can even subscribe to them and you can receive emails from them with the upcoming changes. You can do what ever you want but i understood that even the Eu that have the permanent residence will need to apply again for the new settled status

Hossin says:

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 18:46
I live in uk since 2015, what ca I do nu? pls tell me.

Catalin says:

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 21:27

In reply to by Hossin

How i said earlier nothing for the moment. I am in Uk from 2016. The best thing you can do is subscribe to Home Office website with you email and you will get all updates on your email. I did the sample thing and i wait to see what they prepare for us

J scott says:

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 02:16
My son in law has been in u k for two years he is Turkish.has the right to live and work here.what will happen when we leave the E U.he has worked all the time and never been out of work please advise.??

Bernie says:

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 03:21

In reply to by J scott

Nothing, Turkey has nothing to do with the EU. His status has been approved outside of EU citizens rights.

Janosne Harmati says:

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:34
I'm living with my son he's disabled I'm he's career, I'm 68 year old ihave got pension credit, , what I need to do :::::

Getrude ike says:

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 21:34
My mother in law came with visit visa which Will expire in march 2018. I plan to apply for extended family members residecy card for her because i am EU. My concern is that i am working part time but in full time education so also is my husband. Any advise please. I am concerned because i work only part time.

Pal singh says:

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 17:26
Hi there my name is pal singh I m also coming from EU in March 2016.I have residence cards. I ask you in future I have any problem or not I m with my family is have 2 children
If you send me the answer it's thanks to you .

David martin says:

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 18:27
We voted 2 come out eu,our country back waters back,rules just 4 English people,how can the tories make there own rules and say we have 2 do and have loads of rules made by the corrupt eu when 17.4 million voted 4 brexit.its so so wrong they ca

Vitor Andrade says:

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:53
Joke of the day: Some people can be summoned to serve as jury, to judge other citizens,I was twice; nobody ask how good is your English but to apply for British nationality I have to prove ??? How good I am about it. Imagine my English Sant good enough to hear, understand and discuss the court case, there was a strong possibility to be given wrong verdict...

Vitor Andrade says:

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:54
Joke of the day: Some people can be summoned to serve as jury, to judge other citizens,I was twice; nobody ask how good is your English but to apply for British nationality I have to prove ??? How good I am about it. Imagine my English wasnt good enough to hear, understand and discuss the court case, there was a strong possibility to be given wrong verdict...

Eglantina legisi says:

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:28
Hi,sir I am living in the U.K. For 4 years as a asylum sucker,I have ARC card valid till -09/2019 ,what I have to do after ,I live with my son 7 years thank you

Lati says:

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:30
Im from italie i live in uk 2 years im working i pay my taxe i want know what i have to do plz

Gaia Micheli says:

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:50
Hi, I lived and worked in uk since 1995.
The last 2 years I have become a commuter.
I still work in uk but live in Italy.
As from 1995 I have being paying taxes in uk.
Where do I stand?
Many colkegues if mine are in the same situation.

Couraceiro catia says:

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:57
I living UK 5 years I'm working with my husband I have 2 daughters what I need to do thanks

Gabriela says:

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:45
Hiya,I'm living in the U.K. from2010 and I'm still married with an English man but we are separated from3 years,we have 2 children born in U.K. and my nationality is Romanian. I haven't been able to work untill December 2016 because I had to stay home to look after the children. After,when they've grown up enough to go to school I was able to start to work. I bought a house in .uk but I've been out the country 4 months a year when the children were young. What's gonna happen,what do I have to do.thank you in advance.

Seemaab Naseem says:

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 18:01
Thank you for your comments. If you would like legal advice about your situation, find out who can help you on our Immigration Advisers page. You can also visit Citizens Advice for immigration advice and services.

Paul Brownnutt says:

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:08
"There are 3 million EU nationals living in the UK."

I thought there were almost sixty million of us. Did I miss the rest of us being stripped of our EU citizenship already?

V. Zahra says:

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 15:17
I have dual citizenship I get a pension from Malta will I still get my pension. I'm a permanent resident in UK

Bitten Bridge says:

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 22:11
I am a Danish citizen, have lived here for 40 years, married to a Brit, raised 3 children, done a degree course, worked, paid my taxes, have national insurance number, getting a state pension and now I have to apply to stay in this country ????

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