Brexit toolkit

Transition Period

Until December 2020 we are now in a transition period while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. 

The current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.  New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

As the fourth most ethnically diverse borough in the country, we will continue to welcome new residents from the EU and around the world as valued members of our community and commit to providing services to all residents. To remain in the UK you need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021

EU citizens living in the UK

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You will need to verify your identity with an email address, phone number and current, valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. Applications can be made by post, using the Android app or at an identity scanning point.

Successful applicants

Successful applicants will be issued with either settled or pre-settled status.

  • Settled status is granted to EU citizens who have been UK residents for at least five years.
  • Pre-settled status is granted to EU citizens who have been UK residents for less than five years and applicants will need to apply for settled status after having resided in the UK for 5 years. 

Unsuccessful applicants

  • You may be able to apply for an administrative review of the decision.
  • You can apply again at any time until 30 June 2021.


There is no cost to apply for the scheme and help to apply is available from the government.

Apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

Application Support

Citizens Advice Redbridge are here to help you apply for EU Settled Status. Ring 0208 514 9540 or email and one of their dedicated EU advisors can talk through the application process with you and see what support you need to apply. They can offer legal advice with your application, help you track down necessary documents, and get you online. It’s a free service and help is available in many European languages.

For businesses

More information

  • To find out more about the Settlement Scheme please visit GOV.UK
  • For guidance on staying in the UK after Brexit please visit Citizen’s Advice
  • Contact Citizens Advice Redbridge if you think you've been discriminated against since the referendum (e.g. unfairly refused work/housing)
  • Sign up to email updates from the Home Office

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