Case study

Example case studies: EU citizens' rights in the UK

Examples of EU citizens’ residence status in the UK now that the UK has left the EU.

Andriana, Christophe and Emmeline

Now that the UK has left the EU, EU citizens’ residence status in the UK depends on how long they have lived here and whether they arrived by the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

More details about the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their families.

‘Andriana has been resident in the UK for 10 years

Andriana is a Greek citizen who has been resident in the UK for 10 years.

As Andriana has been living continuously in the UK for over 5 years, she immediately qualifies for settled status, subject to criminality and security checks, and can apply for her new UK residence status once the scheme opens. Once she has received her status she does not need to do anything further.

‘Christophe is currently living in the UK but won’t have been resident in the UK for 5 years by 31 December 2020

Christophe is a French teacher who has been resident in the UK for 4 years.

Christophe can continue to live and work in the UK until 30 June 2021 without having to make an application. As soon as Christophe has been resident for 5 years, in 2020, he can make an application and, subject to criminality and security checks, he will be eligible for settled status which will allow him to remain in the UK permanently.

‘Audra’ and ‘Ignas’ qualify for settled status and are expecting a baby

Audra and Ignas moved to the UK from Lithuania in April 2015. They are married and are expecting a baby in 2018.

Audra and Ignas can stay in the UK as now until 30 June 2021 without having to make an application. As soon as they have been resident for 5 years, they can make an application and, subject to criminality and security checks, they will be eligible for settled status. They will also need to apply by 30 June 2021 under the EU Settlement Scheme for a UK residence status on their child’s behalf.

‘Emmeline will move to the UK after 31 January 2020 but before the end of the transition period

Emmeline will be moving to the UK from Belgium in June 2020. Emmeline will then have until 30 June 2021 to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme for a UK residence status.

As Emmeline will not have been resident in the UK for 5 years at the point of making her application she will, subject to criminality and security checks, be eligible for pre-settled status. This will allow her to stay in the UK until she has reached the 5 years continuous residence generally needed to be eligible for settled status in 2025.

Published 26 June 2017
Last updated 21 June 2018 + show all updates
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