Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you and your family might be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. You might also be able to apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.
The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you can still apply if you or a family member were living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You must also either:
- meet one of the criteria for a later deadline to apply
- have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by 30 June 2021
You can also apply if you already have pre-settled status, and you’re applying for settled status.
You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen, or you already have indefinite leave to enter or remain.
If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.
Sign up for email updates about the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you’re coming to the UK from Ukraine
If you have a family member living in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa.
Both the Ukraine Family Scheme and the EU Settlement Scheme will allow you to work and study in the UK.
You can choose which scheme to apply to, but if you apply both to the Ukraine Family Scheme and for an EU Settlement Scheme, it may cause a delay in getting your decision.
If you apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme, you’ll still be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, if you’re eligible, once you’re in the UK.
Criteria for later deadlines and ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by the deadline
In some cases, you can still apply after 30 June 2021.
For example, if you’re joining a family member who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020, your deadline will be based on when you arrive in the UK, as long as:
- you were their family member by 31 December 2020 (this does not apply to children born or adopted after this date)
- the family relationship still exists when you apply
You can also apply if you can show ‘reasonable grounds’ (such as medical reasons, or being the victim of domestic abuse) for why you did not apply by 30 June 2021.
Check if you can still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, including further examples of what counts as reasonable grounds for not applying by the deadline.
If you have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
Your rights in the UK are not protected unless you have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and received a certificate of application.
This means you cannot:
- access benefits and services (including free NHS healthcare)
- work or study in the UK
- rent a property in England
How to protect your rights by applying
Once you’ve applied and received your certificate of application to the EU Settlement Scheme, your rights are protected.
This protection will last until you get a decision on your application or the outcome of an administrative review or appeal.
You can use your certificate of application to prove your rights in the UK, for example the right to work, rent, claim benefits or use NHS services.
You can view your certificate online. You will also receive a copy of your certificate in the post or by email, depending on how you applied.
If you’re a joining family member
If you are a joining family member, your rights will automatically be protected for 90 days from the date of your arrival in the UK.
After 90 days, your automatic temporary protection will end. You’ll need to prove that you’ve submitted an application to continue to access your rights in the UK.
If you get a written notice from Immigration Enforcement
You’ll usually get 28 days to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once Immigration Enforcement have contacted you.
If you already have pre-settled status
If you have pre-settled status, you can usually apply for settled status once you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years in a row.
Settled status gives you proof that you have the right to live in the UK permanently.
You can usually apply for British citizenship once you’ve had settled status for 12 months.
Check what you’ll need to do to apply for settled status.
If you’re waiting for a decision
After you’ve applied, you’ll get a certificate of application. The certificate will explain what you can use it for while you’re waiting for a decision - for example, whether you can use it to prove your right to work in the UK.
Check what you’ll need to do once you’ve got a decision on your application.
It’s free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.