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EU citizens urged to take action during EU transition

With less than 50 days until the end of the EU Transition Period, EU benefit claimants living in the UK are being urged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Part of Brexit transition: new rules for 2021

The UK has left the EU, and is in the Transition Period which ends at the end of this year. The Withdrawal Agreement provides citizens with the certainty they need about their rights going forward.

For EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020, that means they can continue to receive benefits on the same terms as they do now.

People need evidence they were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to be covered by these provisions.

For those thinking of moving to the UK on or after 1 January 2021, the benefit rules will change.

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. To apply, visit the EU Settlement Scheme.

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