Apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU

You can use this service to get settled or pre-settled status.

Who can apply

At the moment you can only apply if you are either of these:

  • from the European Union (EU)
  • a family member of someone from the EU and you have a residence card with a biometric chip and ‘EU right to reside’ on the back

You must use the Home Office’s ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ Android app to confirm your identity.

This is a test phase. We have put these restrictions in place so we can improve the service before it opens fully by 30 March 2019.

Irish citizens

If you are an Irish citizen you do not need to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. You will have the same rights as you do now.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply if you also have British citizenship (known as ‘dual nationality’).

How it works

  1. Prove your identity. Use the Home Office app to scan the electronic information in your passport.

  2. Answer questions about yourself. We will use your answers to confirm how long you have been resident. In most cases, this means you will not have to provide any evidence.

  3. Check your result. We will tell you what status you will be considered for based on your answers. You can accept this result if you agree, or add evidence of your residence if you disagree.

How much it costs

On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:

  • £65 if you’re 16 or over
  • £32.50 if you’re under 16

It’ll be free to apply if you already have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ or you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK.

How long it takes

It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete this application.

You will get an email when we have made a decision.

Start your application

You must be in the UK to apply.

You will need:

  • an email address
  • your current passport or biometric residence card
  • a debit or credit card
  • an Android phone (such as a Samsung, Google or Sony phone) with ‘contactless’ - this means you can use your phone to pay for things.

How to check if your phone will work

Look in your phone settings to see if it has Near-Field Communication (NFC).

NFC is how contactless works and what the app uses to scan your passport.

To start your application, download the Home Office app from the Google Play Store or find a location where you can use an Android phone.

Continue your application

If you have already used the Android app, you can continue your application online.

Continue application.

How we use your data

The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to decide whether to grant your application. We may also share your information with other public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. For more detail please see the Privacy Notice for the Border, Immigration and Citizenship system. This also sets out your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and explains how you can access your personal information and complain if you have concerns about how we are using it.

  1. Step 1 Find out about the EU Settlement Scheme

    You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. You’ll get settled or pre-settled status if your application is successful.

    1. Find out what the EU Settlement Scheme is
    2. Check what your rights are with settled and pre-settled status
  2. Step 2 Check if you can apply

  3. Step 3 Find out when to apply

    The scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members now. It will open fully by 30 March 2019.

    Which status you get will depend on how long you’ve been living in the UK. This might affect when you choose to apply.

    1. Find out when to apply
  4. Step 4 Apply

    You'll have until 30 June 2021 to apply, or until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

    1. What you'll need to do when you apply

    You can apply in a different way if you're under 21.

    1. How to apply if you're under 21
    1. You are currently viewing: Apply to the test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme
  5. Step 5 After you've applied