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EU citizens

Wales is home to thousands of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who enrich our communities and contribute to our public services and economic success immeasurably.

First Minister's open letter to EU citizens living in Wales:


Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Applications are free and the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled status or pre-settled status, depending on the length of time you’ve been permanently resident in the UK. If you have lived in the UK for 5 years and over — you can apply for settled status and if you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years you can apply for pre-settled status.

What is the deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme?

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens have until 30th June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Free advice and support for EU citizens in Wales

In July 2019, the Welsh Government announced a package of free support to help EU citizens prepare for Brexit and continue to live and work in Wales.

This package means people can get the help they need, including:

  • Digital support with their settled status applications or help with basic queries about eligibility from Citizens Advice
  • Advice on social welfare issues and workplace rights 
  • Free specialist immigration advice for people with complex needs, delivered by immigration law firm Newfields Law

There are many organisations in Wales who are providing advice and support to EU citizens.

To co-ordinate the delivery of advice services in Wales, the Welsh Government has developed the EUSS Wales Co-ordination Group.

This group brings together Newfields Law and Citizens Advice with other organisations that are delivering their services in Wales.

More information and to access the Welsh Government-backed support.

Employers of EU citizens

A toolkit is available to equip employers with tools and information to support EU citizens and their families about the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you were not resident in the UK before 31 December 2020

Free movement between the UK and the European Union ended on 31 December 2020. On 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a points-based immigration system.

If you were not resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, please visit the link below for further information on the requirements for working or studying in the UK.

The UK’s points-based immigration system: information for EU citizens on GOV.UK