Right to reside

‘Right to reside’ means you have the right to live in the UK.

You have a ‘right to reside’ in the UK if you’re a British citizen (which includes nationals of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man), or a citizen of Ireland.

If you’re from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

You currently have a right to reside if you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you’re one of the following:

  • employed
  • self-employed
  • registered as a jobseeker
  • self-sufficient
  • a student

You need comprehensive medical insurance for yourself and your family if you’re not working or looking for work (for example you’re studying or able to support yourself).

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

If you have a close relative from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

You have the right to reside if you’re a close relative of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. Close relatives are:

  • a spouse or civil partner
  • children
  • grandchildren under 21
  • dependent parents or grandparents

You may still have the right to reside in the UK if you’re not a close relative, but you’ll probably need a residence document.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

If you’re from outside the EEA

If you’re not a close relative of someone with the right to reside, you do not have the right to reside unless you:

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen, you may be able to apply to prove you have ‘right of abode’ in the UK.