Advice for residents and businesses
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a diverse population, around 15,000 of whom come from EU countries.
While there is a lot of uncertainty around Brexit, until we do leave then the rights of non-UK EU citizens and their family members to live and work in the UK remain the same.
We are working with a number of partners, including the NHS and emergency services, to ensure that the rights of our EU citizens and businesses are protected and to minimise the impact of a possible no-deal Brexit.
EU settlement scheme
At present, non-UK EU citizens can live, work and access services, healthcare and benefits. As we approach Brexit, they will have to apply for new residence status, under the EU settlement scheme, which confirms that they live in the UK and have the right to do so. The scheme will allow them to apply to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. There will be no change to current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
What it means:
- EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for five years or more will be eligible for Settled Status.
- Those who have been resident for less than five years will be eligible for pre-Settled Status. They will be able to convert this to Settled Status after five years of residency.
- EU residents who do not apply by June 2021 will technically have no legal basis to remain in the UK. The Home Office have not been clear on what the impact of this will be, but people could lose rights to access welfare benefits, support services and wider public funds.
- The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- There will be no cost to applicants and fees will be refunded to those who have already applied.
- UK permanent residents have the right to live permanently in the UK. Permanent residence refers to residence status and does not affect citizenship.
To complete the application you need to use the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app to scan your document and send your photo - you need to use an Android phone or tablet to do this.
Identity verification service
If you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC), you can bring your document to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. You will then be able to make an application.
The service is available at Woolwich Town Hall at these times:
Monday to Friday
10am – 12noon and 2pm – 4pm
No appointment is needed, just ask for the Registrars team at the reception desk.
We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you should not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for pre-settled or settled status.
If you have any further queries please contact: registrar@royalgreenwich,gov.uk
How much it costs
If you are a Royal Borough of Greenwich resident there is no charge.
If you do not live in Royal Greenwich there is a charge of £14.
What to bring
- your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email.
Only the ID documents listed above can be checked by us, if you do not have one of these ID documents then please contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre.
It is still not clear how leaving the EU will affect EU nationals who own a business in the UK.
The Government has produced an employer’s toolkit with guidance to support EU citizens.
You can also get advice on what Brexit might mean to your business from:
- Confederation of British Industry
- Federation of Small Businesses
- London Chamber of Commerce
- Institute of Directors
There are many other sources of information, advice and guidance, including: