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Civil and registered partners

Affected by Brexit?

Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

On 1 January 2021, the rules for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK will change. The same applies to UK nationals living in or moving to an EU country.

I have permanent residence in the UK/EU or will acquire it during the transition period

In principle, you and your family members will continue to have permanent residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I reside in the UK/EU but am not yet entitled to permanent residence

In principle, you and your family members will continue to keep your current residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to move to the UK/EU

You and your family members may move to the UK or to an EU country under the current EU rules until 31 December 2020. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must then apply to the EU settlement scheme. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities whether you have to register and if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to go to the UK/EU for a short stay

Current rules on reporting presence, registering your residence abroad, registering your EU family, registering your non-EU family continue to apply until at least 31 December 2020.

I need help

If you think that your rights under EU law are not being respected, contact our assistance services.

Detailed information on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and citizen’s rights

If you are an EU citizen moving to another EU country to live, work or study, EU rules make it easier for your family to join you. On this page, you can find out how your civil or registered partner can join you.

However, if you are an EU citizen and have never lived in another EU country only national rules will apply.

If you are in a same-sex civil union, your host country should grant your partner residence rights under the same conditions that apply to either civil and registered partners or other relatives.

Your partner is an EU national

Staying by virtue of their own rights

As an EU national, your registered partner may live in your host EU country under the same conditions that apply to EU nationals.

If your partner is working or looking for a job, receives a pension or is studying, check the conditions and formalities for:

Staying as your dependant

Your partner doesn't plan to work or look for a job, study and doesn't receive a pension?

They can still join you as a family member.

Some EU countries treat civil and registered partnerships in the same way as they treat married couples. In this case, you should check the applicable residence rights and conditions for spouses.

Other EU countries do not recognise civil and registered partnerships as being equivalent to marriage. In this case, check the applicable residence rights and conditions for other relatives.

Find out about the recognition of civil partnerships in Europe.

Your partner is not an EU national

Some EU countries treat civil and registered partnerships in the same way as they treat married couples. In this case, you should check the applicable residence rights and conditions for non-EU spouses.

Other EU countries do not recognise civil and registered partnerships as being equivalent to marriage. In this case, you should check the applicable residence rights and conditions for other non-EU relatives.

Find out about the recognition of civil partnerships in Europe.

EU legislation

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