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National Homeless Advice Service

NHAS – Brexit in Brief

Posted by natalie_pearson December 20, 2019

The UK is expected to leave the EU on 31st January 2020, and a deal has been agreed in principle.

Following this, assuming the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by both parties, there will follow a transition period whilst we prepare for the new arrangements.

The EU Resettlement Scheme

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals who wish to continue to live in the UK after 30th June 2021, or 31st December 2020 if the UK leaves without a deal will be required to apply to the EU Resettlement Scheme. Registration certificates will not be valid after 31st December 2020.

Frontline staff working with EU citizens and their families; or citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland should ensure that they are familiar with the agreements that have been reached to protect the rights of these citizens who are living in the UK prior to 31st January 2020. The government have provided a tool to help individuals understand what they need to do to submit their free application to the EU Settlement Scheme and when.

Different rules and deadlines may apply regarding family members and primary carers, and the type of status granted may differ depending on when the application is made, so we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with this guide to the EU Settlement Scheme if you haven’t yet done so. In the event that the UK leaves without a deal, only those who have been living in the UK before we leave the EU will be eligible to apply.

Support available for applications to the Resettlement Scheme

NHAS can provide training and consultancy advice in relation to EU, EEA and Swiss National housing and housing costs eligibility. However, we are unable to provide advice on the Resettlement scheme.

The Government has identified groups of vulnerable people who may need assistance in applying to the scheme. A list of these groups, a search tool for assistance (including home visits) and national organisations who may be able to help can be found here.

The Home Office provides an email alert service for EU citizens living in the UK to provide updates on developments regarding the status of EU citizens after we leave the EU, and the next steps for EU citizens living in the UK. You may wish to encourage your clients or customers to sign up where appropriate.

How can NHAS support me?

NHAS Training courses, Consultancy Advice and Information Resources will continue to be available to support you. We do not expect a great deal to change during the transition period, on the assumption that the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by 31st January.

However, our specialist advisers and training course content will be immediately updated in response to any changes, or in the event of the UK leaving without a deal, so you can be confident that you will be receiving the most up to date training and advice support.

We will continue to update this page as events unfold, so please do check back regularly.