Information and advice for EU citizens

Find out about the support available to EU citizens living in Richmond upon Thames.

Council stance

On Tuesday 11 September 2018, Richmond Council voted in favour of a motion to support the growing campaign for a #People’s Vote on the future Brexit deal.

At the Full Council meeting, Cllr Richard Pyne, Councillor for North Richmond, proposed a motion that voices the Council’s concern over the country leaving the EU and agrees that the British people should have a say on the terms negotiated.

Rights of Europeans living in the UK

Current situation 

Following the vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been no change to the status or rights of EU citizens in the UK. EU citizens will retain their current rights up until the time when the UK formally leaves the EU, which is expected to occur in March 2019. 

Each individual’s circumstances are unique and it is difficult to recommend specific options when the proposals are still being negotiated. 

You can sign up to email alerts from the Home Office to be notified when there are developments on the status of EU nationals in the UK.

Government proposals

As part of the negotiations for Brexit, the UK Government has set out proposals for the rights of EU citizens after Britain leaves the EU. These proposals may change during the negotiations so it is important that you review the guidance on GOV.UK for the latest information.

Some key aspects are:

  1. Creating a new immigration status for EU citizens of ‘settled status’, which will entitle citizens to work and live in the UK. This will be open to any EU citizens who are resident in the UK before the ‘cut off date’ and have been continuously resident in the UK for five years. The cut off date is currently expected to be 31 December 2020.
  2. EU citizens who became resident in the UK prior to the cut-off date but who have not been able to accrue five years of continuous residency will be entitled to apply for temporary ‘pre-settled status’ in order to remain in the UK until they have accumulated five years. 
  3. Family members who are dependent on EU citizens currently resident in the UK will be able apply for settled status provided the relationship existed prior to the cut off date. After the cut-off date, family members would be subject to more stringent rules, possibly including a minimum income threshold (currently set at £18,600 for family members joining British Citizens).
  4. EU Citizens in the UK will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either Settled or Pre-Settled Status.

For more information regarding Settled Status, please see the Richmond Citizens Advice website.

In June 2018 the Home Office published guidance on how the application process for Settled and Pre-Settled Status is likely to work.

According to this guidance:

  • Applications will cost £65 per adult and £32.50 per child. There will be no charge for EU residents who already hold a permanent residence document or indefinite leave to remain.
  • Applications will be able to be made online via Gov.uk, with an assisted digital application process available for those who need it.
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of their identity and nationality, either via a specially designed app or by submitting their passport or national identity card to the Home Office.
  • The Home Office will at first attempt to use data held by HMRC or the DWP to verify how long an applicant has been resident in the UK. If these automated checks do not indicate that the applicant has been resident for five years, they will be asked to submit additional documents such as bank statements and payslips to support their application.

Council support

In 2017, we agreed a package of measures to support the borough’s European residents in light of the Government’s overall plans to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK, once the country leaves the EU.

Passport Support Service

We have now established a new European Passport Return Service (EPRS). This is specifically for EU residents applying for a registration certificate or a document certifying permanent residence.

This new service enables eligible residents to bring their passports to the Register Office in Twickenham to be verified and copied. The Council will then send copies to the Home Office.

The benefit of this service is that applicants can keep hold of their passports while their application is being considered.

EU advice service

A new local EU advice service has been launched through Citizens Advice Richmond. This enables EU residents to get impartial, expert advice on nationality matters or the impact of the Government’s proposals and options available for them. This includes an information website and a series of public information events.

See the video of the September 2018 event.

The next resident’s information session is at 6pm on Wednesday 12 December, at Whitton Methodist Church. Booking is required.

Find out more

Updated: 22 October 2018