You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme now and the deadline is 30 June 2021.

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What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you need to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply

Who should apply?

Except in a few cases, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their non-EU family members, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

EEA countries and Switzerland:

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland1

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Even if you have lived in the UK for many years, or you have a UK permanent residence document, you still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can if you want to.

1 Irish citizens do not need to apply, but they can if they want to. Their non-Irish, non-British family members will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to stay in the UK. A family member of a relevant person of Northern Ireland is also able to make an application to the scheme.

Family members of EU citizens

Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 also need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as:

• the relationship still exists; and

• their EU family member was resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and usually has successfully applied to the scheme by 30 June 2021

Close family members are: spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. Family members do not need to be from the EU, they can come from anywhere in the world.

Children need to secure an immigration status as well as adults. For information about applying on behalf of children, visit www.gov.uk/apply-settled-status-for-child

How to apply

You need to complete a short 3-step online application form using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Your application saves automatically, so you can start the application and complete it at a different time if you want to. Once you have made an application for yourself, this can be linked to your family member’s application, using your unique applicant number.

It is free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Application guidance can be found on GOV.UK. Once you have read the guidance, start your application at http://www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme

Proof of identity

Step 1 of your application: verify your identity and nationality using your passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card (if you are a non-EEA citizen). You can either:

  • scan your biometric identity document using the EU Exit: ID Document Check app on compatible iPhone and Android phones
  • send in your identity document by post
  • visit a location providing access to the ID document scanning service. To check availability of this service and for more information, visit http://www.gov.uk/eu-id-scanner-locations

You will also have to upload a digital photo of yourself.

Proof of residence

Step 2 of your application: prove your residence in the UK by providing your National Insurance number, if you have one. In some cases, you may need to upload additional documents to your application, for example if you do not have a National Insurance number.

Criminality check

Step 3 of your application: complete the criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application.

Successful applicants will get digital proof of their status through an online service: www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status. You will not get a physical document unless you are from outside the EEA and do not already have a biometric residence card. You can track the progress of your application online.

Pre-settled status

If you receive pre-settled status, also known as limited leave to remain or enter, this means you can stay in the UK for a period of 5 years. This will allow you to remain in the UK until you are eligible for settled status, generally once you have lived continuously in the UK for 5 years. Then you can apply for settled status.

Settled status

If you receive settled status, also known as indefinite leave to remain or enter, this means there is no time limit on how long you can stay in the UK. You can apply for British citizenship if you meet the requirements and want to apply.

Both pre-settled status and settled status allow you to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

Apply now

You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme now and the deadline is 30 June 2021. Your rights will remain unchanged until then, provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Apply now:

www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme


Support is available if you need help to complete your application, including:

EU Settlement Resolution Centre

For questions about your application call 0300 123 7379. Find out about call charges on www.gov.uk/call-charges

You can also ask a question using the online form: eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk

Translated information

EU Settlement Scheme guidance and materials have been translated into 25 European languages and Welsh.

For translated guidance, visit www.gov.uk/settled-status-translations. For translated materials, visit http://www.gov.uk/settled-status-translated-materials

Assisted Digital

This free service is available over the phone and in person if you do not have the right access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact We-Are-Digital by calling 03333 445 675. To check availability of this service and for more information, visit: www.gov.uk/eu-assisted-digital

ID document scanning service

This service is available to complete the proof of identity step if you do not have access to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. There may be an administrative fee to use this service. To check availability of this service and for more information, visit http://www.gov.uk/eu-id-scanner-locations

Community support

If you need more help with your application, you can contact a support organisation. For more information, visit http://www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme