Brexit: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Since 1 January 2021 new rules apply in the UK. © FDFA

EU Settlement Scheme

Swiss citizens and their family members who were living in the UK up to 31 December 2020, and who wish to remain in the UK, have to hold a new residence status under the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme called settled or pre-settled status. The deadline for applications was 30 June 2021. It is possible to make a late application where there are ‘reasonable grounds’ for doing so.

For more detailed information on the Settlement Scheme, late applications and other changes for Swiss and British citizens after Brexit, please find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. We appreciate your understanding that the EU Settlement Scheme is exclusively owned and run by the British government and the Embassy of Switzerland cannot give binding information or advice in individual cases.

We have also made two videos explaining the impact of Brexit on the lives of Swiss citizens living in the UK. You can click on the following links to watch them:

Live settled status application of a Swiss citizen

Q&A with former Ambassador Alexandre Fasel on Brexit and the rights of Swiss citizens in the UK

FAQ last reviewed: 1 July 2021

Swiss citizens living in the UK: Settled and pre-settled status

Swiss citizens visiting the UK

Swiss citizens working in the UK but living elsewhere (frontier workers)

Swiss citizens intending to live and/or work in the UK

British citizens living/working/visiting Switzerland

Visiting Switzerland (travelling with pets, driving)