If you're joining your EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member

You can apply to join your EU, EEA or Swiss family member if they started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Your EU, EEA or Swiss family member will usually need to apply as well.

If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK if you hold either a valid passport or identity card with a biometric chip.

If you’re not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK if you hold relevant UK document, for example:

  • a residence card
  • a permanent residence card
  • a derivative residence card

Otherwise, you will need to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK. Once you’re in the UK you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you arrive in the UK on or after 1 April 2021, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme within 3 months of the date you arrive in the UK.

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

You can apply if you’re the family member of an Irish citizen, even though they do not need to.

Your family relationship

You can apply if you’re in a relationship with an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner. The relationship must have started by 31 December 2020 and must still exist.

You can also apply if you’re related to an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, their spouse, or their civil partner if you’re their:

  • child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
  • dependent child over the age of 21

You can also apply as a dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent, or relative if you have a relevant document to prove your relationship.

You may also be able to apply if:

  • you’re the family member of a British citizen and you lived outside the UK in an EEA country together
  • you’re the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
  • you used to have an EU, EEA or Swiss family member living in the UK
  • you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland
  • you’re the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • you’re the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK, or the child’s primary carer

If you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland

You can apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland, even though they do not need to.

Follow the same process as family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens.

If your family member is a British citizen (‘Surinder Singh’ applications)

You may be eligible if you lived outside the UK in an EU or EEA country (or Switzerland) with your family member.

You must have lived with them in an EU or EEA country (or Switzerland) before 1 January 2021, and be:

  • their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • under 21 years old, and are their child or grandchild
  • 21 years or older, and are their dependent child or grandchild
  • their dependent parent or grandparent
  • another dependent relative

The country that you lived in together must have been your main residence. Your British family member must also have been working, studying or self-sufficient in the country while there.

You cannot use the online service to apply if this is how you qualify for the scheme.

Contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre online to find out how to apply.

If you used to have an EU, EEA or Swiss family member living in the UK

You may be able to apply if you used to have a family member who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020. This is called a ‘retained right of residence’.

If you’re eligible because you have retained rights of residence, you can apply using the online service.

If you’re in education in the UK

You can apply if you’re in education and were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 and one of the following is true:

  • you’re the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has left the UK or died
  • one of your parents is the spouse or civil partner of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has left the UK or died
  • one of your parents was previously the spouse or civil partner of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has left the UK or died

If you qualify through any of these circumstances, your parent is also eligible, providing they have custody of you.

If your family member has died

You can also apply if your family member has died, and you lived continuously in the UK as their family member for at least one year immediately before their death.

If you or a member of your family was previously married or in a civil partnership

You can apply if your marriage or civil partnership to an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen ended with a divorce, annulment or dissolution, and you lived in the UK when it ended.

One of the following must also apply:

  • the marriage or civil partnership lasted for at least 3 years and you’d both been living in the UK for at least one year during that time
  • you have custody of the EU, EEA or Swiss citizen’s child
  • you have been given right of access in the UK to the EU, EEA or Swiss citizen’s child - the child must be under 18
  • you or another family member was the victim of domestic abuse in the marriage or civil partnership

You can also apply if a family member had an eligible marriage or civil partnership and you lived in the UK when it ended. You must be their:

  • child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
  • dependent child over the age of 21
  • dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
  • other dependent relative

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or violence

You can apply if your family relationship with an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen has broken down permanently because of domestic abuse or violence.

You can apply if you are or were their:

  • husband, wife or civil partner
  • long-term partner
  • child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
  • dependent child over the age of 21
  • dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
  • other dependent relative

If you’re the ‘primary carer’ of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

You may be able to apply if you’re the primary carer of a British, EUEEA or Swiss citizen who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Any dependent children you have may also be able to apply.

To be someone’s primary carer, you must be both:

  • responsible for their day to day care, including making decisions about their education, health, and finances
  • a family member or their legal guardian

You can share these responsibilities with someone else.

You cannot use the online service to apply if this is how you qualify for the scheme.

Contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre online to find out how to apply.

If you’re the primary carer of an adult

You can apply if you’re the primary carer of a dependent adult who is a British citizen and you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

If you’re the primary carer of a child

You can apply if you’re the primary carer of a British child, or an EU, EEA or Swiss child who is financially independent and you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

You can also apply if you’re the primary carer of an EU, EEA or Swiss child who:

  • is in education in the UK
  • has an EU, EEA or Swiss parent who has worked in the UK when the child has lived in the UK
  • has an EU, EEA or Swiss parent who has lived in the UK when the child has been in education
  • has an EU, EEA or Swiss parent who has stopped working in the UK, or left the UK

What you’ll need to apply

You’ll need to provide proof of your relationship to your EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member - for example, a birth, marriage or civil partnership certificate, or a residence card. You can usually scan and submit this through the online application form.

If you apply before your family member, you’ll also need to provide evidence of their identity and residence.

You must also provide a certified English translation of any document that is not in English.

You do not need to provide any evidence if you have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’.

If you’re from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you do not have a biometric residence card, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo, or only a photo for children under 5) when you apply.

When you need to provide more evidence

In some cases, you’ll also need to provide the same documents as you would for a residence card application.

Check which documents you’d provide for a residence card application if:

When to apply

The scheme is open now. The deadline for applying is usually 30 June 2021, except for in a few cases.

You’ll probably get a decision more quickly if you apply at the same time or after your family member applies.

Your family member will be given an application number when they apply. You can use this to ‘link’ your application to theirs, so that your applications are considered together.

If you’re the family member of a Swiss citizen

You can also join your spouse or civil partner in the UK until 31 December 2025 if both of the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began between 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2025
  • you’re still in the relationship when you apply to join

If you’re the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has died

You might be eligible for settled status before you’ve been living in the UK for 5 years.

Your family member must have been working or self-employed in the UK at the time of their death. They must have been resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. You must also have been living with them just before their death and either:

  • they lived continuously in the UK the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 2 years before their death
  • their death was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease

If you’re overseas and a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK

If you’re not living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you’ll still be able to apply if all of the following are true:

  • your family member was living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • your relationship began by 31 December 2020 (unless you are a child born or adopted after that date)
  • you remain a close family member when you apply, for example a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, a dependent child or grandchild, or a dependent parent or grandparent

If your family member is a British citizen (‘Surinder Singh’ applications)

The deadline for you to return to the UK depends on your relationship with the family member.

You must return and apply by 29 March 2022 if you’re:

  • their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and your relationship started before 1 February 2020
  • under 21 years old, and are their child or grandchild
  • 21 years or older, and are their dependent child or grandchild
  • their dependent parent or grandparent

You must return by 31 December 2020, and apply by 30 June 2021, if you’re:

  • their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and your relationship started on or after 1 February 2020
  • another dependent relative

If you’re a spouse or civil partner, your dependent child, grandchild, parent or grandparent can also apply. They must return and apply by the same date as you.

  1. Step 1 Check if you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

    You may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

    1. Check if you need to apply
  2. Step 2 Find out what status you’ll get

    You’ll get settled or pre-settled status depending on how long you’ve been living in the UK. This might affect when you choose to apply.

    1. Find out what you’ll get
  3. Step 3 Check what you’ll need to apply

  4. Step 4 Apply

    The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

    1. Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
  5. Step 5 After you've applied

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