European Citizens and Their Families

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. 

We are now in a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020.  On 1 January 2021 a new post-Brexit immigration system will be introduced.  For information on the immigration implications of Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

See our page on what EU citizens in the UK need to know here.

Brexit advice for employers

Managing an international workforce in the face of Brexit can be time consuming and often confusing.  We assist HR teams with training on the latest Brexit developments and how to prepare your EU citizen employees for the changes.  We cut through the complexities to provide you with simple guidance on the immigration implications of Brexit. 

We also offer seminars, webinars and ‘Brexit surgeries’ where EU citizens can ask questions on their own particular circumstances. 

Brexit and EU law advice for individuals

If you are an EU citizen residing in the UK, you can apply to register under the EU Settlement Scheme for pre-settled or settled status (see our page on What EU citizens in the UK need to know here for more information).  Until the transition period ends, as an EU citizen you may live and work in the UK if you are exercising your rights under EU law as a worker, a self-employed individual, a self-sufficient person or as a student. Provided that you can demonstrate this, your family members would also be entitled to live with you in the UK.

Evidencing your rights as an EU citizen, be that under the EU Settlement Scheme or otherwise, may not be easy and, in some cases, extensive evidence is required. We have a team of leading immigration lawyers who can advise you on the options available for you and your family to live and work in the UK through your EU law rights. Nicolas Rollason is an expert in EU immigration law and has litigated key test cases before the European Court of Justice. Elspeth Guild is internationally renowned in the field of EU immigration law and her expertise spans multiple jurisdictions within the EU.

For EU citizens wishing to relocate to the UK in the future, there are key considerations to make in light of Brexit, and there may be alternative options available to you and your family. Our team has extensive experience advising on many aspects of EU law and can advise you on other visa categories to help you decide the best course of action to take. 

With our team’s considerable expertise in EU law matters, we can assist you with key life decisions for you and your family in light of future changes brought about by Brexit.


Nicolas Rollason heads the firm's immigration offering and is highly respected in the sector. He has extensive knowledge of EU immigration law and has experience in taking cases to the ECJ as well as lobbying government on behalf of his clients.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Elspeth Guild is celebrated for her magisterial command of EU immigration law. Her academic and legal standing is such that she regularly engages with the UNHCR, the Council of Europe and the EC as an expert.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Always prompt and factual’" Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service"

Legal 500 UK

Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK"

Who's Who Corporate Immigration

The practice has gone from strength to strength.'the group is 'at the top of its game,' whilst clients are keen to highlight that the department is 'extremely informative and good at reporting policy changes'..." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Absolutely superb” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Top of the tree, with admirable depth and breadth” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Genuinely ground-breaking work that requires this firm’s impressive brainpower” 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘enormous experience and great depth of practice'" 

Legal 500 UK


For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at or a member of the team.

Brexit Bulletin Board

Brexit Bulletin Board

The UK left the EU on Friday 31 January 2020

After leaving the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK is now in a transition period. We discuss what this means for people moving to and from the UK, and what the UK's immigration system may look like after the transition period. 31 January 2020


As the UK leaves the EU, what happens next from an immigration perspective?

As the UK will leave the EU tonight at 11pm when we'll move into a transition period, Kim Vowden discusses what happens next for EU citizens arriving in the UK or those thinking of moving here. 31 January 2020


Brexit and EU citizens in the UK

A simple chart showing what will happen to EU citizens living in the UK if there's a deal or if there's no deal.

Brexit - What EU citizens living in the UK need to know

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No-deal Brexit policy update provides some relief for employers and EU citizens

5 September 2019


The EU Settlement Scheme - a guide for EU citizens living in the UK

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Brexit: business anxiety over freedom of movement U-turn

20 August 2019


Handle with care: why it’s time to treat EU nationals responsibly

30 August 2019


Glitches in the EU Settlement Scheme

5 August 2019

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The suspension of parliament increases legal scrutiny of Brexit – and possibly a public inquiry?

29 August 2019

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Kingsley Napley's immigration team sponsors Financial and Professional Services Post-Brexit Immigration Briefing

9 May 2019


Post-Brexit data sharing with EU regulators is key for FCA policing market abuse

1 February 2019

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No-deal Brexit: transitional arrangements for EEA nationals arriving after 29 March 2019

29 January 2019


No deal Brexit: what this would mean for extradition?

23 January 2019

Rebecca Niblock blogs

EU Settlement Scheme - what you need to know

November 2018 - In this podcast Gillian Brownlee and Felicity Woof discuss the new EU Settlement Scheme which at the time of recording (in November 2018) is due to go live on 30 March 2019.

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'Playing by their own rules?' - Brexit blog series

Our Public Law team blogs about secondary legislation and Brexit.

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Mutual trust remains until we leave: notification of intention to leave the EU not an exceptional circumstance

19 September 2018

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No-deal Brexit and the impact on patient safety

20 September 2018


Divorced, beheaded, scrutinised? SIs and Henry VIII powers under review

31 August 2018

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Brexit: "It was not this that I promised to do"

14 August 2018

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Brexit and the European Arrest Warrant (EAW): at least now we know what we don’t know

9 August 2018

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Could Brexit send Geraint Thomas into a spin?

30 July 2018 - Hanging over this year’s Tour de France, at least for this British cycling fan, was the realisation that this is probably the last Tour pre-Brexit, and so there is an additional level of uncertainty about what the 2019 post-Brexit edition will look like.

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Holiday home/Retirement planning: will Brexit wreck it?

16 July 2018 - A question you may ponder as you relax on that sunlounger in the weeks ahead is whether you need to review your arrangements for any EU based property in light of Brexit.

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Brexit and practising rights for lawyers

9 July 2018 - Two Solicitor friends of mine recently asked me to sign their applications to register with the Law Society of Ireland. I asked them if they were thinking of moving.

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#Brexit: Further clarification on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK

18 June 2018

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Blackberries, Baking and Brexit

11 July 2018

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A change of course? Pondering the future of golf in Brexit Britain

29 March 2018 - As avid golfers focus their attention on the US Masters in Augusta Georgia next month, many at the 19th Hole will be pondering the impact of Brexit on their beloved game.

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Post-Brexit language testing for EEA qualified healthcare professionals

22 March 2018 - The House of Commons Library published a Briefing Paper on 7 March 2018 outlining the language testing requirements imposed upon healthcare professionals who qualified outside of the UK.

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Brexit & Horse Racing

5 March 2018 - The UK is home to a myriad of sports employing foreign nationals and receiving investments from overseas companies. Learn how Brexit will impact horse racing and all who are part of it.

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Brexit & Motor Racing

21 March 2018 - The UK is home to a myriad of sports employing foreign nationals and receiving investments from overseas companies. Learn how Brexit will impact motor racing and all who are part of it.

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UK-EU security cooperation post #Brexit - ringing the alarm bell! | Part II of a two-part guest blog by EU Criminal Law expert Dr Debbie Sayers | #CriminalLaw

17 April 2018

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Kim provides the facts! #stayorgo

19 March 2018

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Beyond #Brexit: new anti-money laundering regime agreed

10 July 2018 - No sooner are we one year into the new regime under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 than a further EU instrument has been adopted.

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What Brexit means for EU employees living in the UK and their families

27 June 2016

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