Guidance: Ways in which people can be lawfully resident in the UK

Department Of Health


Supports NHS organisations to establish whether someone is lawfully resident in the UK. Sets out some of the ways in which a person can lawfully reside in the UK.

Published 1 August 2018
Last updated 7 September 2020 +show all updates

  1. Updated document to reflect that the rules on family reunification for people of Northern Ireland are being brought into line with the arrangements currently available to Irish citizens in the UK. Relevant family members of a person of Northern Ireland will, from 24 August 2020, be able to join that family member in the UK without paying the Immigration Health Surcharge. They will also have the opportunity to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and if living in the UK with pre-settled or settled status will be entitlement to access NHS secondary care without charge.

  2. Updated with information for EEA/Swiss nationals on accessing healthcare in the UK during the transition period.

  3. Updated with information on implications of Brexit for establishing whether someone is lawfully resident in the UK.

  4. First published.

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