What is EU citizenship?
Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship. It is for each EU country to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality of that country.
As news becomes available for EU CITIZEN RIGHTS IN THE UK (POST BREXIT), we will update this page and our news posts.
***EU Settlement Scheme pilot: applicant eligibility. A new phase of the EU Settlement Scheme pilot will open on 1 November 2018 and will run until 21 December 2018.***
Who is eligible for the pilot?
Under this phase of the pilot, you’ll be able to apply for status under the scheme if you’re either:
- a resident EU citizen with a valid passport
- the non-EU citizen family member of an EU citizen and you have a biometric residence card
You must also either be:
- working in the higher education, health or social care sectors, as set out below
- a child under the age of 18 being looked after by one of the local authorities involved in the pilot or eligible for support or assistance from one of those local authorities because you were looked after by them as a child
- receiving support from one of the community organisations involved in the pilot
Latest Update from Home Office 21st June 2018 – update on settlement scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know
The UK government has reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on citizens’ rights, ahead of the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019.
There is no need for EU citizens, or their family members, living in the UK to do anything now. If you would like to find out the latest information you can sign up for email updates.
An ‘implementation period’ will run from when we leave the EU to 31 December 2020. The rights of EU citizens and their families living in the UK will not change until 1 January 2021. Until this date, EU citizens will continue to be able to live here and access public funds and services as they do at the moment.
From later this year, EU citizens and their family members living in the UK will be able to start applying for UK immigration status through the new EU Settlement Scheme.
21st June 2018: Here is the direct link for Settled status for EU citizens and their families
Access info on the EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit here:
Here is a video from European Commission Representation in the UK about EU citizens’ rights, settled status in the UK & Brexit:
What rights do you have as an EU citizen?
The EU would like you to know about these rights that you have as an EU Citizen and to be able to fully enjoy them in your daily life. The EU Citizenship Report contributes to this endeavor. EU citizens’ rights are spelled out in Part Two of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. They are also enshrined in Chapter V of Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.
- The right to move and reside freely within the EU and not to be discriminated against on grounds of your nationality
- The right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections
- The right to petition
- The right to complain to the Ombudsman
- The right to consular protection for unrepresented EU citizens
- The right to ask the Commission to propose new legislation
Your Fundamental Rights
The EU is based on the values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
Other cross-border rights
Getting healthcare abroad:
Under EU law, you can seek medical treatment in another EU country and may be entitled to have the costs reimbursed by your national health insurer.
As an EU national, you have the right to study in any EU country under the same conditions as nationals of that country.
You are protected by EU law when shopping online in Europe.
If you have problems with international rail travel or flights departing from the EU or arriving in the EU with an EU carrier from a non-EU country, you may be entitled to a refund and possibly also compensation.
Cheaper mobile phone calls
When you use your mobile phone in another EU country, there is a limit on what your operator can charge you.
Safe, secure and affordable energies
As a consumer, you are now better protected and have the right to choose the best gas and electricity deal for you, thanks to the EU.