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If you are an EU citizen, you and your family members are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020.
EU citizens used throughout refers to EEA and Swiss nationals, who are all eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, including the support available, visit gov.uk/eu-settled-status.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. 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 is eligible?
The EU Settlement Scheme applies to EEA and Swiss citizens:
- Republic of Cyprus
- Czech Republic
Irish citizens do not need to apply though they are able to do so if they want to. Non-Irish, non-British family members of Irish citizens will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020.
If you have a UK permanent residence document you will 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. Visit GOV.UK to find out more about your rights in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Family members of eligible EU citizens
Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or the date the UK leaves the EU in the event of no deal) are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or the date the UK leaves the EU in the event of no deal) will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future (or until 29 March 2022 in the event of a no deal), as long as the relationship still exists.
Close family members include 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. This is known as non-EU citizen family member. Visit GOV.UK for more information.
How do I apply?
You will need to complete a short online application using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Your application saves automatically, so if you want to, you can start your application and then complete it at another time. 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 gov.uk/apply-eu-settled-status.
Applications have to be made on an individual basis. Once you have made an application for yourself, this can be linked to your family member’s application using your unique applicant number.
When can I apply?
The EU Settlement Scheme is open and you have until 30 June 2021 (or 31 December 2020 in the event of no deal) to apply. Your rights will remain unchanged until then, provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or the date the UK leaves the EU if there’s no deal).
You will usually be able to apply for British citizenship 12 months after you have received settled status.
Where can I get support
Support is available if you need help to complete your application, including:
EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre
This free service is available over the phone and in person if you do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact assisted digital by calling 03333 445 675. For information on Assisted Digital visit GOV.UK.
ID document scanning service
This service is available to complete the identity verification 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. For a list of ID document scanning locations, visit GOV.UK.
A list of grant funded community organisations providing EU Settlement Scheme support will be available on GOV.UK.