Southampton: Preparing for EU exit

The UK has left the EU. The transition period has come to an end and new rules are now in place. You can find out more about the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the government website.

On this page you will find links to useful information to help you, as someone who lives or works in Southampton, understand what exiting the EU might mean for you. We also have an FAQs page to help with any queries you may have. 

You can find further information for individuals and businesses, including UK nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, on the government's Brexit website.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who wish to continue living as they do now in the UK (after 30 June 2021) need to obtain permission to remain by applying through the EU Settlement Scheme (the ‘EUSS’) by no later than 30 June 2021. So far over 25,000 Southampton residents have submitted their application.

You can apply for EUSS with your valid biometric ID document using an app (“EU Exit: ID Document Check”, available for android and apple devices). You then need to complete the rest of the application in your internet browser, using either your phone or a computer.

It takes around 20 minutes to complete an EUSS application. Information is available in 26 European languages.

In case you need further assistance, Southampton City Council has teamed up with local charities EU Welcome and Citizens Advice Southampton to provide free specialist advice and support.

Contact EU Welcome if you require advice about:

  • Whether you and your family members need to apply
  • Obtaining the correct ID document to apply
  • Using the “EU Exit: Document ID check” app (for example if you don’t have a compatible mobile phone)
  • Gathering evidence of your residence in the UK
  • Family (reunion) permits under EUSS
  • Language assistance

Call an adviser on freephone 0800 246 5339 (feel free to leave a message) or email:

General advice for all residents

The Transition Period ended on 31 December and  there are now changes to our relationship with the EU including:

  • People planning to move between the UK and EU to live, work, or retire will no longer be automatically allowed to do so
  • The UK will apply a points-based immigration system to EU citizens entering the UK after 31 December 2020 to work, study or live
  • Travel rules are changing, so check your passport is still valid, that you have the right health care documents and the right driving documents

Advice for businesses/employers

There are now new rules in place for businesses. You can find out more about managing the changes to your business on our web pages and on GOV.UK

The Government has published an employer toolkit to give employers the right tools and information to support eligible citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You can use an Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees and download the ready-to-use leaflets and posters.