Settlement scheme open until December 2020, even in a no-deal Brexit

The UK government is seeking to clarify that the EU Settlement Scheme — a fast-track registration process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit — will be unaffected by a no-deal Brexit.

The message below has been issued by the Home Office through its email update service.

Update on the EU Settlement Scheme

There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that you still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in our free movement factsheet, but please feel free to contact us in writing by clicking here.

UK Home Office

EU staff can find more information on the University's EU advice pages, at