EU Citizen and Family Members Post Brexit
United Kingdom and Northern Ireland left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The UK announced the EU settlement scheme for EU nationals and their family members to apply for pre-settled and settled status in UK. That scheme ended on 30 June 2021. It means that if any EU national wishes to work or live in UK, they need to apply under the UK immigration categories. However, EU nationals who have pre-settled or settled status can still have family members apply to join their family in the UK, so long as they were family members prior to the 31st of December 2020. Those EU citizens who are in UK and they couldn’t apply before the 30th June 2021, can still apply if they have reasonable ground to explain why they were not able to apply before 30 June 2021.
The European Union consists of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria and the UK. Although Iceland, Liechtenstein, Swiss and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU), their citizens have the same rights as EU citizens to enter, live in and work in the UK.