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 non-Irish EU citizens to register to continue to live and work in the UK now that we have left the EU. The scheme will be open for applications until 30 June 2021.

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.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their family, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Points-based immigration system

From 1 January 2021, the UK will implement a new points-based immigration system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021, who do not have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement (external link), will need to meet specific requirements in order to study or work in the UK. They must apply and receive confirmation that they have been successful before travelling to the UK.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens may continue to visit the UK for up to six months without applying for a visa and may participate in a wide range of activities, including tourism, visiting family and friends, short-term study and business-related activities. They should check if they need a visa before they travel.


How to apply 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).


Support available in Haringey

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

Bridge Renewal Trust (external link) is coordinating Haringey’s assistance to EU residents who require support or advice with EUSS applications. 

Face-to-face support is currently suspended.

To receive support with an application please contact:

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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, 3.5MB) 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 is open for applications and the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

    Advice for voluntary organisations and businesses

    Other useful links

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    Page Last Updated:

    January 12, 2021

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