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EU Citizens: Staying in Scotland after Brexit

As you'll know, on 31 January 2020 the UK left the European Union. This means that if you are an EU Citizen living in Scotland, you’ll need to apply the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. Scotland wants EU citizens to stay here, so the Scottish Government is offering support to help you. This page provides an overview of the support you can get to help you stay. So don’t put it off – get help to stay now. 

I’m an EU citizen, what does this mean for me?

If you’re an EU citizen who lives in Scotland (or anywhere else in the UK) at the moment, you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 if you want to keep living in the UK after this date.
You also have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you're a citizen of:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland.

I’m an Irish citizen, what does this mean for me?

Irish citizens don’t have to apply, but can if they want to. You can find out more about this on the UK Government website.


Can I get support to help me stay in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has provided a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland. This includes a free national helpline run by Citizens Advice Scotland, which you can call for advice on 0800 916 9847, and factsheets in different languages.

The Citizens' Rights Project organise online and face-to-face information sessions in multiple languages about the EU Settlement Scheme and EU citizens’ rights. You can find information about these events at the Citizens' Rights Project.

Does everyone in my family need to apply?

If you're from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, every member of your family should apply to stay in the UK after Brexit. Family members from anywhere in the world can apply. You can find out more about this at the Citizens Advice Scotland website.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more and get the latest facts at the website.

What else may be affected by Brexit?

You can find more information on Brexit and how it may affect you on the website, including information on food and medical supplies, and travel and transport.