Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021. When you choose to apply may depend on your circumstances.

How you’ll be able to apply

You’ll be able to complete the application form online using any device (for example, an iPhone). You’ll be able to get support over the phone or in person if you need help doing things online.

You’ll only need an Android phone or tablet if you want to scan your identity document - you can send it by post if you do not have access to one.

What you’ll need

When you apply, you’ll need proof of:

  • your identity
  • your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document, or valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK
  • your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU

Proof of identity

You’ll need a valid passport or national identity card. If you’re from outside the EU, you can use any of the following:

When you apply, you’ll be able to either:

  • scan your identity document using an Android mobile phone or tablet - you can use someone else’s phone or tablet to do this
  • send your document by post

You’ll also need to upload a recent digital photo of your face.

Proof of continuous residence

You’ll need to prove you have lived in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period over a total of 5 years to be eligible for settled status.

You can give your National Insurance number when you apply to allow an automated check of your residence based on tax and certain benefit records.

If this check is successful, you will not need to provide any documents as proof of residence. You will only need to send documents if there is not enough data to confirm you’ve been here for 5 years in a row.

The Home Office will tell you immediately after you apply if you need to provide any documents. You’ll be able to submit photos or scans of your documents through the online application form.

You’ll only need to provide one piece of evidence for each period that the Home Office ask you about.

Read what documents you can provide to the Home Office if they ask for more evidence.

If you have criminal convictions

If you’re 18 or over you’ll be asked about your criminal history in the UK and overseas. You’ll also be checked against the UK’s crime databases.

If you’ve only been convicted of a minor crime, for example you’ve had a speeding fine, you’ll still be eligible for settled or pre-settled status.

You may still get settled or pre-settled status even if you have other convictions. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

If you’ve been to prison, you’ll usually need at least 5 years’ continuous residence from the day you were released to be considered for settled status.

If you’re from outside the EU

You’ll need to provide proof of your relationship to your EU citizen family member (for example, a birth, marriage or civil partnership certificate). You’ll be able to scan and submit this through the online application form.

You’ll also need to provide evidence of your family member’s identity and residence.

If you have a valid permanent residence document you will not need to provide this proof of relationship or evidence of your family member’s identity and residence.

You’ll need to provide your fingerprints and a photo of your face at an application centre in the UK. You will not need to do this if you already have a biometric residence card.

Fees

You’ll usually have to pay:

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

There are some situations where you will not need to pay the fee.

After you’ve applied

If your application is successful, you’ll be given either settled or pre-settled status. Find out what your rights will be for each status.

You’ll be able to get proof of your status through an online service. You will not get a physical document unless both of the following apply:

If you make a mistake in your application

The Home Office will contact you before making a decision on your application, so you can correct the error.

They’ll also tell you if you need to provide more evidence before they can make a decision.

If your application is unsuccessful

You may be to apply for an administrative review of the decision.

You may be able to appeal the decision if you apply after 29 March 2019. This is still subject to approval by Parliament.

You can also reapply as many times as you want to before 30 June 2021. You’ll have to pay the fee each time you apply.

If you already have an outstanding immigration application

When you apply under the EU Settlement Scheme any other immigration application you have with the Home Office will not be considered.

You’ll get a refund for your outstanding application.

If you withdraw your application

You will not usually get a refund.

More detailed guidance is available.