Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

If you stop working or start work in another EU country

You and your family members can get settled status with less than 5 years’ continuous residence in certain situations.

If you have to stop working

If you’re an EU citizen you may be able to get settled status if you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’).

You may be able to get settled status if either:

  • you have lived continuously in the UK for the 2 years immediately beforehand
  • the permanent incapacity was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease that entitles you to a pension from a UK institution

You can also get settled status if you’re married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen.

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they stopped working you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you reach State Pension age or retire early

If you’re an EU citizen you may be able to get settled status if you reach State Pension age or retire early.

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they reach State Pension age or retire early you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you reach State Pension age

If you’re an EU citizen, you can get settled status if you stopped working when you reached State Pension age and either:

  • you worked continuously or were self employed for 1 year beforehand and have lived continuously in the UK for 3 years
  • your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen

If you retire early

If you’re an EU citizen you can get settled status if you retire early and either:

  • you worked continuously (for someone other than yourself) for 1 year beforehand and have lived continuously in the UK for 3 years
  • your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen

If you start work or self-employment in another EU country

If you’re an EU citizen you can get settled status if you start work or self-employment in another EU country and you both:

  • have lived and worked or been self-employed in the UK continuously for 3 years beforehand
  • usually return to your UK home once a week

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they start work or self-employment in another EU country you may also be eligible for settled status.

  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. 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