Haringey and Brexit

42,000 people in Haringey are from other EU countries (almost 1 in every 6 Haringey residents). Friends, neighbours, family and colleagues, these people make an enormous contribution to the cultural and economic life of our borough.

Haringey Council is determined to ensure that Haringey, its residents and businesses receive the best possible deal from Brexit. Haringey is not alone in needing to address the impacts of Brexit. We are working with a number of regional and national partners and our business partners, in order to ensure Haringey’s voice is heard, and the rights of our residents are protected.

Statements/letters from the Leader of Haringey Council

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EU Settlement Scheme

Businesses and BrexitThe EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) requires all non-British and Irish EU citizens to register to continue to live and work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. The scheme will be open for applications until 31 December 2020.

The EUSS is an online application requiring applicants to submit proof of EU nationality, proof of UK residency and to declare any criminal convictions.

Applicants will need to show 5 years continuous residency in the UK to be granted settled status. Those who have been in the UK for less than 5 years will be granted pre-settled status. They will then be eligible for settled status after 5 years.

EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status will retain their rights to work in the UK, use the NHS, enrol in education or continue studying, access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if eligible for them, and to travel in and out of the UK.

Applying for settled/pre-settled status

In order to apply please visit the GOV.UK website: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme - settled and pre-settled status (external link). This page is also available in 26 EU languages (external link).

Help is available to support Haringey’s EU residents to secure their rights.

If you do not have access to the right technology, or feel that you do not have the skills or confidence to complete the application online you can use the Assisted Digital Service: We Are Digital.

We Are Digital also has an ID scanning facility at Wood Green and Marcus Garvey libraries.

Please call 03333 445 675 to book an appointment at either libraries.

If you have hearing and/or speech difficulties you can access this service on a smartphone, computer or tablet or text phone by dialing 18001 in front of the phone number above.

  • Text message: text the word 'VISA' to 07537 416 944
  • Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm

Bridge Renewal Trust is coordinating Haringey’s assistance to EU residents who require additional one-on-one support, for example to obtain nationality or residency documents. This support will be delivered by voluntary sector organisations in Haringey. For a list of organisations offering this support and how to contact them, please visit the Bridge Renewal Trust website (external link) - this page is regularly updated with the latest information.

Please check this webpage for the latest information on EU Settlement Scheme events taking place in the borough.

Citizens Advice Haringey - where to go for support

Citizens Advice Haringey are offering a walk-in service for EU nationals:

  • Mondays, 10am to 12 noon - Citizens Advice Haringey, 20e Waltheof Gardens, N17 7DN
  • Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm - Marcus Garvey Library, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA
  • Wednesdays, 10am to  12 noon - Citizens Advice Haringey, 20e Waltheof Gardens, N17 7DN
  • Thursdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm - Wood Green Library, 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, N22 6XD
  • Fridays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm - Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, N8 9JA

See the Citizens Advice website (external link) for location and contact details.

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EU Rights After Brexit

The right to rent, work and access health care will remain the same for EU and EEA citizens after the UK leaves the EU.

These rights will remain the same until 31 December 2020. You can evidence these rights with your passport or national identity card.

Your right to rent

You have the right to rent if you are:

  • A British or Irish citizen
  • A citizen of a country in the EU or EEA
  • A citizen of another country and have no time limit on your permission to live in the UK (such as indefinite leave to remain)

You can have a time-limited right to rent if there is a time limit on your permission to stay in the UK. This is likely if you have a visa:

  • For work
  • To study
  • As a husband, wife or civil partner of someone settled in the UK
  • Have humanitarian protection, limited leave or discretionary leave to remain in the UK

Landlords will ask to see your passport or other official documents that prove your immigration status. They must take copies of the documents.

For a full list of acceptable documents, see GOV.UK: Right to rent documents check (external link).

A landlord or letting agent is allowed to charge you a fee for right to rent checks.

Checks are not needed for children aged under 18 (but landlords should check they are aged under 18).

If the Home Office has your documents because you have an ongoing immigration application or appeal, the landlord or letting agent can ask for a Home Office right to rent check. They will need your Home Office reference number and you should get a response within two days.

Right to work in the UK

If you’re an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen, you can continue to use your passport or national identity card to prove you can work in the UK until 31 December 2020.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 31 December 2020. To secure your rights after that date, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

If you aren’t from one of the above countries, you will need a visa and/or work permit before starting employment in the UK.

For more information specific to your country, please visit the GOV.UK: Worldwide organisations pages (external link).

For a full list of visas available to you, visit the GOV.UK: Visas and immigration pages (external link).

Right to healthcare

Some health services including emergency care are free of charge, regardless of your immigration status. This includes treatment by your GP, emergency care received in an Accident and Emergency hospital department, family planning (contraception), and telephone advice lines (111).

In general, your GP is the first point of contact when you are feeling unwell.

To receive care from a GP surgery, you must register first at a practice in your area. There is no cost to register or to attend appointments. To find your nearest GP surgery please visit the NHS: Find GP services page (external link).

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Advice and support

Whether a resident or a local business, below are some useful Brexit information resources:

    Advice and support for EU citizens in Haringey

    We recently delivered a Haringey and Brexit leaflet (PDF, 398KB) to 117,000 households in the borough, which explains what people need to do to apply for settled status in the UK. The EU Settlement Scheme opened for applications at the end of March and the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

    Advice for voluntary organisations and businesses

    Other useful links

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    Previous events

    Brexit public meeting - Monday 18 February 2019

    The council held a Brexit public meeting on Monday 18 February 2019, offering advice and support to residents and businesses across the borough who will be affected by Brexit. The meeting took place at the Civic Centre in Wood Green.

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    Page Last Updated:

    17 October 2019

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