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EU exit (Brexit)

This advice applies to Scotland

The UK has left the European Union (EU). This is known as Brexit.

The rights of EU nationals living in the UK changed on 1 January 2021.

Staying in the UK after Brexit

Read our advice on staying in the UK and keeping your family in the UK after Brexit.

Travelling in Europe after Brexit

The rules about travelling to the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland changed on 1 January 2021.

Read more about travelling in Europe after Brexit.

EU Citizens Support Service

If you have any questions about the EU Settlement Scheme or need help applying, you can contact our free, confidential and impartial EU Citizens Support Service.

You can call the service helpline on 0800 916 9847. It's open Monday 9am to 1pm, Wednesday 1pm to 5pm and Friday 9am to 1pm. If you call outwith these hours you can leave a voicemail and an adviser will get in touch with you.

More information

If you're a UK national living in an EU country, you can get country-specific information about how your rights might be affected on the UK government website. You can also read the guidance for all UK nationals living in the EU.

There are fact sheets about the rights of EU citizens in Scotland on the JustCitizens website. These fact sheets cover citizens' rights to:

  • work
  • NHS healthcare
  • vote
  • study
  • benefits
  • housing.

The fact sheets are available in English, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish.

If you're an employer or a business owner, you can read the UK government's guidance on preparing businesses for Brexit.

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