Overview

You can no longer apply for a UK residence card, also called an EEA biometric residence card (BRC).

Your UK residence card is no longer valid to show your right to live in the UK.

If you applied for a UK residence card on or before 31 December 2020, your application will still be considered.

To continue living in the UK, you need another type of permission to stay, such as settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you have settled or pre-settled status

You can continue to use your residence card until it expires. You do not need to apply for a new one.

Until it expires, you can use it to:

  • help you re-enter the country more quickly and easily if you travel abroad
  • show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK
  • help prove you qualify for certain benefits and services

If you do not have settled or pre-settled status

You cannot use your UK residence card at the border to enter the UK unless you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme on or before 30 June 2021.

If you did not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you might still be able to apply. If your application is successful, you’ll be able to live in the UK for 5 years with pre-settled status or indefinitely if you get settled status.

If your UK residence card has not reached its expiry date, you can use it as proof of identity when you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021 for most people.

You can still apply if you or a family member were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and one of the following applies:

  • you have a later deadline - for example, you’re joining a family member in the UK
  • you have reasonable grounds for being unable to apply by 30 June 2021 - for example, you had an illness, or were the victim of domestic abuse

If you’re joining a family member, you can apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK, and apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once you’re here.

Check if you can still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you cannot apply, check what type of visa you’ll need to come to the UK.