Applying to North Lanarkshire Council Following Brexit

Brexit – what it means for employees and candidates
European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) nationals working for North Lanarkshire Council

As we all know, the UK voted to leave the European Union in the 23 June 2016 EU referendum – what was coined as ‘Brexit’. And in December 2017, the UK Government reached agreement with the EU regarding the rights of EU nationals living in the UK (for after it has withdrawn from the EU).
The agreement reached was that EU citizens legally residing in the UK as at 29 March 2019 (the proposed date of withdrawal) will be allowed to stay in the UK.

But what does this actually mean for you if you’re an EU/EEA national who wants to work for us?

We are really keen for you to come and work for us in North Lanarkshire Council and will do all we can to ensure you know the steps you need to take to enable you to remain in the UK.

Simply put:
if you’re a European Union (EU) citizen living in the UK, you and your family will need to apply for ‘settled status’ if you want to continue living here after June 2021;
if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you don’t need to apply for ‘settled status’, but your family members from outside the UK and Ireland will.

To understand whether you can apply to the above status, the question to ask yourself is “Have I lived in the UK continuously for five years?"

If you have you will be able to apply for ‘settled status’.
If you haven't you will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’.

Anyone arriving in the UK before December 2020 can apply and will get 'pre-settled status', which means you’ve got to stay for five continuous years to be eligible for ‘settled status’.

Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are still being negotiated.

Getting settled status means you can continue to live and work in the UK for as long as you like. It will mean you’re eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements.

What happens next

The ‘settled/pre-settled status scheme’ will be fully open for scheme applications by 30 March 2019. The deadline for scheme applications is 30 June 2021.

To keep up to date with the latest news and for all the information you need to apply, please visit the government website

If you require any further information please contact the People Helpdesk on 01698 403151 or email