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Guidance and support for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who wish to reside in Wales.

First published:
29 September 2022
Last updated:

Wales is home to thousands of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who enrich our communities and contribute to our public services and economic success.

We are determined to ensure that citizens who have chosen to make Wales their home continue to feel valued members of our communities. We want to reassure them that Wales is a welcoming nation.

We fund Citizens Advice Cymru, Settled and Newfields Law to provide free immigration advice and support to those citizens who wish to make Wales their home.

The deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme has now passed

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, was the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

If you applied for pre-settled or settled status before the deadline, the UK Government have said your rights will be protected until your application is decided. You will be issued with a Certificate of Application which you can use to evidence your rights.

If you were not resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, please visit the link below for further information on the requirements for working or studying in the UK.

The UK’s points-based immigration system: information for EU citizens on GOV.UK

There is still time: Applying after the deadline

If you were eligible for EUSS but didn’t apply before 30 June 2021 and had reasonable grounds for missing the deadline, there is still time for you to make a late application.

There are many different reasons that can be included as reasonable grounds for not applying by the deadline.

You can find guidance on how to apply and examples of reasonable grounds on GOV.UK. if you have a reason that isn’t listed you can still apply and your reason will be considered.

Your rights

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and were lawfully resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 your rights will be protected.

If you are an eligible person who has applied for either pre-settled or settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme and before the 30 June deadline, you will have broadly the same continued entitlements to work, study and access public services and benefits as you did prior to the UK leaving the European Union.

The relevant citizens' rights you will remain entitled to:

  • Residency - this covers rights to reside, leave and re-enter.
  • Rights of workers and self-employed persons - this covers the rights of workers, self-employed persons and frontier workers
  • Mutual recognition of professional qualifications - this covers the right for recognised professional qualifications to continue to be recognised.
  • Co-ordination of social security systems - these include benefits, access to education, housing and access to healthcare.

Guidance on EU citizens' rights on GOV.WALES
Further information on EU citizens' rights can be found on the Independent Monitoring Authority’s website.

Further Support

If you or your family need further help, there are a number of organisations in Wales that can provide you with free, independent advice and support. contains more information about the services available to you and provides full contact details for several advice organisations, including telephone numbers, for anyone who would like to speak to someone regarding their circumstance.

Employers of EU citizens

A toolkit is available to equip employers with tools and information to support EU citizens and their families about the EU Settlement Scheme.