What you'll need to apply
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
Proof of identity
You’ll need a valid passport or national identity card.
If you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you’ll be able to use any of the following:
When you apply, you’ll be able to either:
- scan your identity document using an Android phone
- send your document by post
You can use someone else’s Android phone to scan your document. You can also visit one of the organisations offering to scan your document for you. You’ll need to book an appointment and you may have to pay a fee.
You’ll also need to upload a recent digital photo of your face.
Proof of continuous residence
To be eligible for settled status, you’ll usually need to have lived in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. You’ll need to provide proof of this when you apply.
If you’ve not lived here for 5 years in a row you may still be eligible for pre-settled status.
You can give your National Insurance number to allow an automated check of your residence based on tax and certain benefit records.
If this check is successful, you’ll not need to provide any documents as proof of residence. You’ll only need to provide 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.
Read what documents you can provide to the Home Office if you’re asked to provide more evidence.
If you have criminal convictions
If you’re 18 or over, the Home Office will check you have not committed serious or repeated crimes, and that you don’t pose a security threat.
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 usually need 5 years’ continuous residence from the day you were released to be considered for settled status.
If you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
You’ll usually need to provide proof of your relationship to your family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.