Background

Background

To continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and family members will have to make an application to the Home Office to gain ‘settled status’

The EU Settlement Scheme is already open and you can apply now if you meet the criteria.

The most recent agreement between the EU and the UK will mean:

  • People who arrive by 31 December 2020 and have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means these citizens will continue to be free to live here, have access to public funds and services, enrol in education or continue studying and travel in and out of the UK.
  • People who arrive by 31 December 2020, but won’t have been here lawfully for 5 years, will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’ to stay in the UK. After they have reached the 5-year threshold they too can apply for settled status. Individuals with ‘pre-settled status’ will also be free to live here, have access to public funds and services, enrol in education or continue studying and travel in and out of the UK.
  • Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 31 December 2020 will also be able to apply for pre-settled or settled status before the deadline.
  • The rights of citizens of Ireland to live and reside in the UK will be unaffected by EU withdrawal and need not apply.
  • People who have either a ‘permanent residence’ or ‘indefinite leave to remain’ document can find out specific advice on next steps here.

The settled status application process must be completed online. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can provide support to do this. You can find more information and your nearest Bureau here.

To apply, for free, online you will need:

  • an identity document – your passport, national identity card, biometric residence card or permit
  • a digital photo – which you can take during the application
  • your National Insurance number or proof of how long you’ve lived in the UK
  • a mobile phone number
  • an email address
  • proof of your relationship if you’re applying for a child or another family member – find out what evidence you can use
  • We would advise that you keep any relevant documents in a safe and easily accessible place just in case they are needed.

After completing the application. The UK Government Home Office will contact you directly to advise if the application has been successful. No physical document will be provided. Settled status will be proved by an update to your passport or national identity card.

Page last modified on 27th November 2019