Welfare benefit changes after Brexit

Guidance

Benefits and pensions for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK if there’s a no-deal Brexit

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This guidance explains the rights of EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens to UK benefits and pensions if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

EUEEA and Swiss citizens and their family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

Irish citizens living in the UK

You, and members of your family living in the UK, will be able to claim or continue to receive the UK State Pension and benefits you are entitled to after Brexit. You will also continue to receive any Irish benefits you remain entitled to while living in the UK.

Other EUEEA and Swiss citizens

Living in the UK before Brexit

You and your family members living in the UK by 31 October 2019 will be able to continue receiving UK benefits on the same terms as now.

Moving to the UK after Brexit

You will be able to enter the UK, as now, after Brexit.

You’ll need to apply for European temporary leave to remain to stay longer than 3 months and before the UK’s proposed new skills-based immigration system begins in 2021.

You’ll be eligible to claim benefits on the same basis as EU citizens who arrived in the UK before Brexit if you have:

  • been in the UK for less than 3 months
  • European temporary leave to remain

Living in the EUEEA or Switzerland after Brexit

If you live in the EUEEA or Switzerland and get the UK State Pension or a benefit, you’ll continue to receive it as long as you meet the eligibility conditions.

UK workplace pensions

UK law allows for workplace pensions to be paid overseas. The government does not expect this to change after Brexit.

If you have any questions, contact your pension provider.

If your workplace pension is paid into a UK bank account, your bank should contact you if they need to change the way you receive your pension after Brexit.