Applying for your children
Each child must have their own application. You can apply for your child or they can apply for themselves.
Your child is eligible for settled or pre-settled status if they’re under 21 and either they’re:
- an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but you are - or your spouse or civil partner is
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
If your child was born in the UK but is not a British citizen, they will still need to apply. You can check if they’re a British citizen if you’re not sure.
If you have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
When you apply for your child you can ‘link’ their application to yours. This means that if your own application is successful, your child will get the same status as you.
To do this, select the option to apply ‘using your parent’s residence’, then enter your application number.
You will need to do this for each child you apply for.
You can use your own email address in the application if your child does not have one.
You can apply for your child any time after you’ve made your own application - you do not need to wait for a decision.
What proof you need
You’ll need proof of your relationship to your child when you make their application.
You’ll also need to prove your child’s identity.
You’ll also need to provide proof of your child’s residence if your child started living in the UK before 1 January 2021.
If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
If you’re eligible for the scheme, make your own application first so that you can link your child’s application to yours.
If you’re not eligible for the scheme but your child is, you can still apply for them. For example, if they live in the UK and you do not.
You’ll need to provide proof:
- of your child’s identity
- of your child’s UK residence
- that your child has 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK
If your child does not have 5 years’ continuous residence
If your child does not have 5 years’ continuous residence when they apply, they’ll usually get pre-settled status.
They can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date they get pre-settled status.
You can apply to change this to settled status once they have reached 5 years’ continuous residence. You must do this before their pre-settled status expires - this will be 5 years after the date they got pre-settled status.
If they’ll reach 5 years’ continuous residence by 30 June 2021, you can choose to wait until they reach 5 years’ continuous residence before applying. If their application is successful, they’ll get settled status without getting pre-settled status first.
If your child is born or adopted after 31 December 2020
Your children are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, even if you’ve not yet applied yourself.
If your child is born or adopted in the UK before 1 April 2021, you must make an application for them by 30 June 2021.
If your child is born or adopted in the UK on or after 1 April 2021, you must apply within 3 months of the date they were born or adopted.
If you’re an Irish citizen
You do not need to apply for settled or pre-settled status if you’re an Irish citizen.
However, if you’re an Irish citizen and your child is not a British citizen, they’ll be eligible for either:
- the same status that you could get, based on how long you’ve lived in the UK
- settled or pre-settled status, based on their own residence
This also applies if you’re from Northern Ireland and have Irish, British or dual British and Irish citizenship, and your child does not have Irish, British or dual citizenship.