What you'll need to apply
If you’re an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen and you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, 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
You’ll need to provide this proof again when you apply to change your pre-settled status for settled status.
Proof of identity
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you need a valid passport or valid national identity card. You also need to provide a digital photo of your face.
If you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you need to provide one of the following:
You also need to provide a digital photo of your face. If you do not already have a valid biometric residence card, you will also need to provide your fingerprints (this is not needed for children 5 or under).
If you do not have any of these you may be able to use other evidence in certain situations. Contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre if you do not have any of the listed documents.
If you’re applying for your child, you’ll need to prove their identity. You might also need to prove their residence in the UK.
When you apply, you can either:
- scan your document and upload your photo using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app using an Android phone, or an iPhone 7 or above
- send your document in the post and upload your photo using the online application (you can take this yourself)
Scan your document
You can use the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app on:
- an Android phone
- an iPhone 7 or above
To scan your documents using a phone, you’ll need one of the following:
- a valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport or ID card, if it’s biometric
- a UK-issued biometric residence card
You can use someone else’s phone to prove your identity.
Send your document by post
You must send your document by post if you have a:
- non-EU or non-EEA passport
- biometric residence permit
- non-biometric ID card
You can send other types of document in the post if you cannot use the ‘ID Document Check’ app.
If you need your documents back by a specific date, you should wait to apply. For example, if you’re going on holiday soon, apply when you come back.
Proof of continuous residence
To be eligible for settled status, you usually need to have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. You 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.
If you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, 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 you have been here for 5 years in a row but there is not enough data to confirm this.
The Home Office will tell you immediately after you apply if you need to provide any documents. You should submit photos or scans of your documents through the online application form, rather than sending them by post.
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 do not pose a security threat.
You’ll be asked to declare convictions that appear in your criminal record in the UK or overseas.
You do not need to declare any of the following:
- convictions that do not need to be disclosed (‘spent convictions’)
- warnings (‘cautions’)
- alternatives to prosecution, for example speeding fines
You’ll also be checked against the UK’s crime databases.
You’ll still be eligible for settled or pre-settled status if you’ve only been convicted of a minor crime.
You may still get settled or pre-settled status even if you have other convictions. This will be decided 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 from the EU, EEA or Switzerland
You’ll usually need to provide proof of your relationship to your family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
If your family member does not already have settled or pre-settled status, you will also need to provide proof of their identity and nationality and their residence in the UK.
If you’re applying to join your EU, EEA or Swiss family member
If your family member in the UK does not already have settled or pre-settled status, you will also need to provide proof of their identity, nationality and that they live in the UK (for example bank statements).
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.