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EU Transition


This page contains important information for all businesses and citizens of the UK.
Make sure you are ready by using the GOV.UK tool.

For further assistance, call HCPA's dedicated EU Transition helpline on 01707 707686
or email us at euhelpline@hcpa.info

What does this mean for businesses?

As Care Providers, you must ensure you are familiar with new regulations.
See some of the areas you may need to look into to be prepared for the transition period below.

What does this mean for your recruitment processes?

Employing EU citizens in the UK

Information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system.

More information: Employing workers from outside the UK

What does this mean for your current employees?

Encourage your employees to check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Your employees risk not being able to continue living or working in the UK if they do not apply to the scheme.

More information: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

What does this mean for the people you support?

Community support for vulnerable citizens

Organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

More information: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens

HCPA, in partnership with Peninsula will be running
several webinars to support you throughout the transition period

Together with our trusted legal partner service, Peninsula, we have put together a webinar so that you fully understand how the UK fully leaving the EU in January will affect you, your business, your staff and your ability to recruit.

Places are limited so click here to book now:
Wednesday 11th November | 10:00 – 11:30

At this webinar, we will also be launching our new support service for Care Providers and employees on all things Brexit.

This will include:

  • A telephone line for staff to use if they have questions about their own situation
  • Support for care providers, owners and managers from Peninsula
  • A website with all the information you need

For further assistance, call HCPA's dedicated EU Transition helpline on 01707 707686
or email us at euhelpline@hcpa.info

For EU residents living and working within the UK

It may seem daunting at first, however, applying to remain settled within the UK post-Brexit is much easier and quicker to complete than you might expect; and completely free to complete.

Read on below to find out the steps you need to take to complete your application and ensure a result in your settlement status.

It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You can also apply if you are the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

If your application is successful, you will get either ‘settled’ or ‘pre‑settled’ status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying, for example, if you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

You will need:

  • An Android smartphone with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, or an iPhone 7 or above
  • National Insurance number
  • A form of identification:
    • Valid electronic passport;
    • biometric residence card;
    • or biometric residence permit.

How To Apply


Firstly, you will need to ensure you are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Except in a few cases, you need to apply if: 

  • You are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • You are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is

Depending on how long you have been living in the UK, you’ll get settled or pre-settled status, which might affect when you choose to apply.


You can download the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app to scan your document and send your photo – you need to use an Android phone to do this. You can use someone else’s Android phone to prove your identity.

You will need a phone with NFC capabilities enabled and your valid passport / biometric residence card / residence permit.

You will also have the option to send your document by post, and upload your photo using the online application
(you can take this yourself).

*As an alternative, you can also visit one of the organisations offering to scan your document for you.
You will need to book an appointment and you may have to pay a fee.


To complete your application you will be referred back to the GOV.UK webpage to provide further information
including your residency, criminal history, and your National Insurance number.


The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to decide whether to grant your application*.
Find out 
how the Home Office will process your personal information.

*Other documentation may be required if requested by the Home Office (i.e if your proof of residence is unclear)

Important note: Details of applying for the EU Settlement Status are subject to change.

For more information, visit GOV.UK’s webpage as well as read our newsletters for regular updates.

For further assistance, call HCPA's dedicated EU Transition helpline on 01707 707686
or email us at euhelpline@hcpa.info