Overview

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

When you can apply

The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. You may be able to apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

You will need to be living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Sign up for email updates about the scheme.

Fees

There will be no application fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

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

If you paid the application fee, you’ll get a refund after 30 March. You do not need to do anything - you’ll be refunded automatically.

You’ll get an email once you’ve been refunded.

Contact the Home Office on the phone or online if you do not get an email by 20 April 2019.

If you’re inside the UK
Telephone: 0300 123 7379
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
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If you’re outside the UK
Telephone: +44 (0)203 080 0010
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

You can contact the Home Office online using the EU Settlement Scheme contact form.

  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. You are currently viewing: 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. Apply to the test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme
  5. Step 5 After you've applied