Have you recently arrived in the UK? Or are you currently living in an EU country and planning to move to the UK?
The UK has left the European Union. The process of this withdrawal is known as ‘Brexit’. Since the 31st January 2020 the UK has left the EU and has entered a ‘transition period’ in which most existing EU regulations will stay the same.
During this time of transition and change, we want to help migrants to avoid confusion and access the right support when needed. Our aim is to provide information to help you to know your rights and how to access services and any information you might need to live in the UK.
This guide is based on present laws and rules which apply on the date of the publication. Here, you will find information about your rights regarding employment, housing and health in the UK, however this guide does not substitute legal advice.
About the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom or the 'UK' is the name given to the country which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Great Britain is the name given to the island which contains England, Scotland and Wales. The UK is situated in north-west Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean.
It is important to know that the Republic of Ireland is a separate country, which governs its own laws. The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union and therefore allows EU citizens to travel to the country without a visa. This guide will only provide guidance on laws and practices governing the UK.
There are 404 principal (unitary, upper and second tier) councils in the UK – 25 county councils, 188 district councils, and 191 unitary councils.
Are you a EU national? Your rights and rules about Brexit
Discover what to expect before you make the move.
Read about what’s it like living and working in the country, how to apply for a National Insurance number, get familiar with the housing system, and know how to register with the local GP.
- How to get the National Insurance Number?
- Obtaining your first bank account
- What's like working in the UK?
- Housing system in the UK
- The UK healthcare system