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Post Brexit

Fife Council has no control over Government policy surrounding Brexit. However, we will do our best to make sure EU citizens living in Fife are aware of decisions and arrangements that may affect them, as well as advice and support resources.

See all the UK Government information about EU exit at https://www.gov.uk/government/brexit where you can sign up for updates.

Where to find more information and support

mygov.scot

Scottish Government information, including 'Stay in Scotland' package www.mygov.scot/eu-exit/

gov.uk

For a tool that asks for your personal situation and tells you what you need to apply for GOV.UK - 'Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU'

UK Government information www.gov.uk/government/brexit

Citizens Advice Scotland

A support and advice service for affected citizens living in Scotland with more complex needs www.cas.org.uk/brexit

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen, you and your family should have applied to get either settled or pre-settled status. If you did not apply to the scheme, you may not be able to continue living or working in the UK. If you arrived on or after 1st January 2021, you may need to apply for a visa.

If you missed the deadline of 30th June 2021, then you can make a late application evidencing reasonable grounds for not having applied by the deadline. Applications can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme. You should make an application as soon as you can.

Information for late applicants
Information for those who have status already or a pending application

You should also have applied to the EUSS if you're a citizen of: Norway; Iceland; Liechtenstein or Switzerland

You did not need to apply if:

  • you’re an Irish citizen
  • you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • you have indefinite leave to enter the UK

Read more about the scheme on the Government's website https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Welcome Hub for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas)

COSLA has now officially launched a new Welcome Hub for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) migrants arriving in Scotland. Launched on the one-year anniversary of the visa route opening, this innovative resource will help new arrivals from Hong Kong in making Scotland their home.  

The online Welcome Hub provides information for those from Hong Kong, around key themes such as employment, housing, healthcare, education, ESOL language classes and safety. The Welcome Hub is available in both English and Traditional Chinese characters for Cantonese speakers, ensuring that the content is accessible to all. It is hoped that it will support the integration of new arrivals from Hong Kong, enabling them to make an important contribution to Scottish communities.