People and communities Brexit guidance

The UK officially left the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate agreements and during this time existing rules on trade, travel, and business will continue.

The Government has advised that all non-UK EU citizens must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure their rights are protected once the transition period is over.

If you, your friends, family or neighbours are from the EU, then please apply or advise people to apply to remain in the UK. This affects people from the following places:

  • The European Union
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme - the deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Watch a video about how to apply and another about the Government's app to help with identification during the application process.

Sign up to receive email updates on the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Government has prepared Brexit guidance for: 

The Citizens Advice Bureau can also give further advice.

Manchester has tens of thousands of EU citizens living, working and studying in the city. We want everyone that lives here to continue to feel welcome and to have their rights protected.

Manchester’s great strength is its diversity. We are proud of what has been achieved by our communities and, as our Equality Objectives 2016-20 report says, we aim to maintain and build on our city’s openness.

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