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.
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The UK will leave the EU on 31 October 2019 (postponed to 31 January 2020 with an effective exit date on 31 December 2020). This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit. It will be updated if anything changes, including if a deal is agreed.
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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 EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
Living in the UK before Brexit
You and your family members living in the UK by 31 October 2019 (postponed to 31 January 2020 with an effective exit date on 31 December 2020) 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 EU, EEA or Switzerland after Brexit
If you live in the EU, EEA 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.