Guide

EU Settlement Scheme: Helping EU workers apply to stay in Northern Ireland after Brexit

Brexit may have an effect on your business especially if you employ workers from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens. Employers can take a number of practical steps to help minimise the impact that the UK leaving the EU may have on your business and staff.

Who should apply?

If you employ workers from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you should make them aware of what they have to do to remain in the UK.

They and their family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live in the UK after 30 June 2021 or 31 December 2020, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. If their application is successful, they will get either settled or pre-settled status.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK prior to either of these deadlines.

Your employees may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if they have indefinite leave to remain.

Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the Common Travel Area.

Is there a fee for the EU Settlement Scheme?

It is free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Is there a deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme will be:

  • 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal
  • 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal 

How do you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

To apply for settled status you will need:

  • an email address and phone number
  • your current passport or national identity card, if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national
  • your current passport or UK residence card with a biometric chip, if you are not an EEA or Swiss national

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on the GOV.UK website.

Read further details on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.