Welcome to the Brexit Couples website

Before Brexit, couples with one UK and one EU (or EEA/ Swiss) partner could live together easily in the UK under EU law. Now, if the partner does not have settled or pre-settled status, they need a visa or leave to remain in the UK under the UK’s immigration rules.

This project explores the overlooked impact of Brexit on couples when the partner must apply for leave as a spouse or partner under British immigration law. What experiences do these couples share? What different challenges do they face? What do UK immigration policy and systems look like from their perspectives? How does the inclusion of this new group affect perceptions of the UK immigration system?

Explore this website to find out more.

Are you a UK-EU couple who would like to get involved in our project?

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