This guidance explains the rights of EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens to UK benefits and pensions if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
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Irish citizens living in the UK
You, and members of your family living in the UK, will be able to claim or continue to receive the UK State Pension and benefits you are entitled to after Brexit. You will also continue to receive any Irish benefits you remain entitled to while living in the UK.
Other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
Living in the UK before Brexit
You and your family members living in the UK by 31 October 2019 will be able to continue receiving UK benefits on the same terms as now.
Moving to the UK after Brexit
You will be able to enter the UK, as now, after Brexit.
You will be eligible to claim benefits until 31 December 2020 on the same basis as EU citizens who arrived in the UK before Brexit.
You will need to apply for European temporary leave to remain to stay after 31 December 2020. If your application is successful, you will receive a temporary immigration status that will allow you to stay in the UK for 36 months from the date it is granted. You will be eligible to claim benefits during these 36 months, on the same basis as EU citizens who arrived in the UK before Brexit.
From January 2021 you will be able to apply under the future immigration system.
Living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland after Brexit
If you live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and get the UK State Pension or a benefit, you’ll continue to receive it as long as you meet the eligibility conditions.
UK workplace pensions
UK law allows for workplace pensions to be paid overseas. The government does not expect this to change after Brexit.
If you have any questions, contact your pension provider.
If your workplace pension is paid into a UK bank account, your bank should contact you if they need to change the way you receive your pension after Brexit.