Since June 2016, Brexit has been a topic of uncertainty specifically in relation to immigration law, free movement and trade deals. On 31st January 2020, the UK left the EU, and a transition period was put in place until 31st December 2020.
For this reason, there is a distinction between EU citizens who applied or arrived in the UK before 31st Dec 2020 and those who applied or arrived after this.
Irish citizens will keep their rights to freely enter, live, and work in the UK, so they won’t need to apply for settlement status.
EU, EEA, or Swiss Nationals who arrived in the UK before 31st December 2020
If you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss national and you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021. You must apply to this scheme even if you have previously obtained evidence of permanent residence status. Citizens of the other EEA countries (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Swiss nationals can also apply under the settlement scheme. To meet eligibility requirements, you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, unless you are joining a close family member who is either already under the EU Settlement Scheme or is eligible and will apply before 30 June 2021.
How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
This Settlement Scheme is completely free of charge and you can apply online. You can complete the application online here or download the EU Exit app on your mobile phone by following the steps below.