Barnet is an incredibly diverse borough and we are proud that over 30,000 EU citizens choose to make it their home. We recognise that residents may be concerned about their future rights following our exit from the EU, and that there is also uncertainty amongst local businesses. The purpose of this webpage is to provide signposting to useful information, advice and guidance.
The full impact of the UK exiting the European Union on EU Citizens living within the UK will not be known until the negotiations between the UK and the EU are completed. Additional information can be found on GOV.UK and at the links below:
- Government department for Exiting the European Union, including preparing for EU exit if you live in the UK
- GOV.UK – Leave to Remain main page
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Local Government Association
- Mayor of London
Current situation for EU Citizens Living in the UK
EU citizens who already have five years continuous lawful residence in the UK will be eligible for settled status. Others will be able to remain in the UK to build-up five years' continuous residence, provided they apply for pre-settled status.
The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, though you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you're joining a family member in the UK you may be able to apply after this date. From Monday 1 April, Barnet Council will be offering support with the digital ID verification process as part of your application to the Home Office. There will be a fee of £14 for this service.
EU citizens and their family members who obtain settled status in the UK will be granted indefinite leave to stay. Family members are defined as spouses (husband/wife), civil partners and durable partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and dependent grandparents.
Indefinite leave to remain provides the same rights and access to benefits, education and healthcare as those who have acquired permanent status.
Children born or adopted after the UK leaves the EU to those covered by the agreement will be protected. Future spouses and partners of EU citizens who want to come to the UK after 29 March 2019, will need to meet the UK's immigration rules.
In the result of a 'no deal' situation, the Prime Minister has confirmed protections and processes above would remain.