European Temporary Leave to Remain

Useful information for EU citizens

The Government confirmed that when the UK leaves the EU, free movement as it currently stands will end. 

However, EU citizens arriving between 31 October 2019 until 31 December 2020 will still be able to live, study, work and access benefits and services as they do now, for a temporary period. This includes access to social housing, including supported housing, and homelessness assistance. 

To remain in the UK after 2020, European Economic Area and Swiss citizens moving to the UK after exit, and their close family members, will be able to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, a new scheme that will launch after exit, which will last 36 months, running from the date the leave is granted.

The Government has protected the rights of EEA and Swiss citizens resident here before Brexit by opening the EU Settlement Scheme to give them rights in UK law. They will have until at least 31 December 2020 to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme. Further details below.

Links to information about what happens after Brexit:

EU immigration after free movement ends if there's no deal

Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families

Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Right to rent checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens after Brexit

Benefits and pensions for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK if there's a no-deal Brexit