EU citizens' Brexit toolkit

The UK and the EU have agreed to extend the UK’s withdrawal date from the EU until 31 October 2019.​​​​

Living with Brexit

​In 2016, Newham voted by 53 per cent to stay in the EU​ during the referendum, a relatively close margin, with London overall voting remain by 59 per cent.

During this uncertainty, Newham Council has been drawing up plans to safeguard the borough’s interests and preparing for a range of outcomes. 

Among a number of measures, the council has been working with other local authorities, through both London Councils and the Mayor of London, to make clear that both the borough and city remain open for business, to protect the economic investment coming into Newham, and to help the local economy.

Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has already established a Newham Brexit Board tasked with progressing the council’s preparations. It will be chaired by the Mayor and involve the lead member for finance, Councillor Terence Paul, local business representatives and expert advisors supported by council officers.

The council will also undertake outreach activities to reassure residents amid the uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the EU.

We also encourage all concerned Newham residents to register with the Home Office to receive updates.

Newham’s Brexit webpage provides information and signposting for residents. You may have also seen Brexit information in recent editions of the Newham Mag. As part of this, we have been encouraging residents to sign up for settled status.

There have been 45,570 settled status applications from residents in Newham (as of 30 September 2019) – more than in any local authority in the country. Residents who require digital support in applying for settled status can make an appointment to do so in three of our libraries (East Ham, Canning Town and Stratford) by calling 0333 344 4019.

An assistance outreach event will take place early in the New Year. This will be advertised in the Newham Mag, on our website and via social media.


The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme, which allows EU citizens to continue living in the UK following Brexit, opens on 30 March and applications can be made until 30 June 2021. 

Successful applicants will be granted residency in the UK.

However, if the UK leaves without a deal, the deadline for applications will be brought forward to 31 December 2020.

EU citizens or family members of EU citizens will need to apply to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.

This includes if the applicant is either:
  • ​​Born in the UK but is not a British citizen
  • Married to a British citizen and from the EU.
However, citizens do not need to apply if:
  • They are Irish citizens – however, family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply
  • They have indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • They have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
There will be no charge to apply for the scheme and the government has promised support for applicants on the phone and in person.

In order to apply the following will be required:
  • ​Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence in the UK, unless applicant has a valid permanent residence document, or valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK
  • Proof of relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if applicant is from outside the EU.
Successful applicants will be issued with either settled or pre-settled status. 

Settled is for EU citizens that have been a resident of the UK for at least the last five years. 

Pre-settled is for EU citizens that have been a resident in the UK for less that five years, they will be allowed to stay in the UK for a further five years and will need to apply again to get settled status to stay longer.

Should an application be unsuccessful, the applicant may reapply as many times as they like before 30 June 2021.


Useful resources

You can follow all the latest news on EU law, settled status, and UK immigration law on the Free Movement website. You can also access free ebooks on EU law and online legal services.
The group giving a voice to EU citizens in the UK. You can find useful information and updates on the process as they occur. 

Here for Good aims to support those who need it most. They intend to fund qualified caseworkers across the UK to help EEA citizens and their families get to grips with the current immigration law and it what it means for them. You can also help them help others by providing support in a number of ways, visit their website to find out more. 

The GLA have produced an EU Londoners hub with information and advice. 

This webpage provides information in a Q and A format about the agreed version of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the implications for EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU. 

A series of frequently asked questions setting out practical scenarios for how EU citizens in the UK will be affected by the December 2017 joint statement.​
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