Advice for residents
If you are a European Union citizen, you and your family must apply to get either settled or pre-settled status.
Individuals with pre settled status won’t automatically move to settle status and will need to reapply at the 5 year point. The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status that you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK after 30 June 2021.
This status means that you continue to be eligible for:
- public services, such as healthcare and schools
- public funds which includes benefits and pensions
- British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements
Who is eligible to apply?
You need to apply if you are an EU citizen or a non-EU family member of an EU citizen (including children), this includes those with a UK permanent residence document.
The following information is available in the Home Office guidance doc:
An EEA citizen is defined for the purposes of the Scheme as a person who is a national of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland. Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for status under the Scheme. Nonetheless, Irish citizens can make an application under the Scheme, should they wish to do so. EEA citizens who already hold a form of immigration leave under UK law, such as indefinite leave to remain do not need to apply, but can do so if they wish.
You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter but you can if you want to. Visit GOV.UK to find out more about your rights in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme.
You need to be a resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you have been a resident in the UK for five continuous years or more you will be eligible for settled status. If you have been a resident for less than five continuous years you will be eligible for pre-settled status.
EU Settlement Scheme materials have also been translated into 26 European languages including Welsh, which are available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/settled-status-for-eu-citizens-and-their-families-translations or https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-factsheet
When and how can I apply?
The EU Settlement Scheme is open and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply, however, it is recommended you start your application early. Application guidance can be found on GOV.UK. Once you have read the guidance you can start your application. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.
Applicants only need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions. The online application can be accessed through a computer, tablet or smartphone. You’ll need a compatible Android phone or tablet if you want to scan your identity document yourself, this can be your own phone or tablet or someone else’s.
Assisted Digital Support
If you do not have internet access or the appropriate device or skills to complete the form to apply for settled status, then you can request a phone conversation with an advisor who will help you complete your digital application. This is called Assisted Digital Support.
Further useful links
How to check a person's immigration status https://www.gov.uk/check-immigration-status
How to prove someone’s immigration status https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status
Grant funded organisations that can help individual’s to apply https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-community-support-for-vulnerable-citizens/list-of-organisations