Brexit: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

EU Settlement Scheme


Swiss citizens and their family members wishing to remain in the UK beyond 2020 have to apply for a new residence status under the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021, called settled or pre-settled status. This includes those with a British spouse and those who already have a ‘document certifying permanent residence’. Those who have ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ are strongly encouraged to apply. However, those who also have British citizenship are exempt from this requirement.

For more detailed information on the Settlement Scheme and other changes for Swiss and British citizens in the context of Brexit, please find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. We appreciate your understanding that the Embassy of Switzerland cannot give binding information or advice for individual cases. In the light of the ongoing Brexit process and the negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU and with Switzerland, there are many questions concerning the future legal situation which may not be answered with any certainty at this moment.

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 Ambassador Alexandre Fasel on Brexit and the rights of Swiss citizens in the UK


UPDATE: 29.10.2020

Background information on Brexit

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)