For more information on the billing system and other Brexit changes for Swiss and British people, please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below. We welcome your understanding that the Swiss Embassy cannot provide binding information or advice for individual cases. Given the current Brexit process and negotiations on the UK`s future relationship with the EU and Switzerland, many issues relating to the future legal situation may not be resolved with certainty at this time. Swiss and their family members who wish to remain in the UK beyond 2020 must apply by 30 June 2021 for a new resident status under the UK`s EU settlement system, known as settlement or pre-established status. These include people with a British spouse and those who already have a “document certifying permanent residence.” Individuals with an infinite residence permit are invited to apply. However, those who also have British nationality are not subject to this requirement. Those who are protected by the withdrawal agreement and who have not yet acquired a right of permanent residence – if they have not lived in the host state for at least five years – are fully protected by the withdrawal agreement and can continue to reside in the host state and acquire permanent residence rights in the host state even after the UK`s withdrawal from the EU. Switzerland is not a party to the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU and has therefore signed a separate agreement on the rights of Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with the aim of guaranteeing the rights of Swiss and British citizens after the transition period (see question 4). In the face of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU, Switzerland and the UK have held discussions on a citizens` rights agreement.
The legal text of this agreement was finalized and approved by both governments. This will allow citizens to continue their lives to a large extent and guarantee the rights of Swiss and British citizens, who are currently in place in the United States and the United Kingdom.