Latest Updates: the deadline for applying to the eu settlement scheme is 30 June 2021.

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You do not need to apply if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK, or British or Irish Citizenship.

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Depending on the length of time you have been in the UK, you may be granted Pre-settled or Settled Status.

You do not need to apply if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK, or British or Irish Citizenship.

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Depending on the length of time you have been in the UK, you may be granted Pre-settled or Settled Status.

Pre-settled Status

You should be granted pre-settled status (also known as limited leave to remain) if you have not lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years as an EEA national or the family member of an EEA national.

After five years holding pre-settled status, you may be eligible to apply for settled status (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR).

The key requirement is that you are an EEA national or family member of an EEA national who is residing in the UK before Brexit.

Settled Status

Under the EU Settlement Scheme, you should be granted settled status (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain) if you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years as an EEA national or the family member of an EEA national.

When applying for settled status you only need to show that you have been living in the UK continuously for at least five years. There is no requirement to have worked in the UK, hold comprehensive sickness insurance or otherwise have been exercising Treaty Rights in the UK.

The Home Office should grant you settled status provided you are not a serious or persistent offender or pose a security threat to the UK.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications can be made online, unless it is a more complicated case.

What you will need to apply:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
 

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens can use the EU Exit app to prove their identity when applying for Pre-settled or Settled status. The process for most applications is simple – you take a photograph of yourself and your passport, the app reads the biometric chip in your passport, and provides information for Home Office to check. 

AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED

If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming your settled or pre-settled status.

You will usually be able to apply for citizenship 12 months after you’ve got settled status.

If your application is unsuccessful, you can apply again, or contact us for assistance.

CONTACT US FOR OUR EXPERT ADVICE

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme. We can assist you in making the online application and help to ensure your application is processed efficiently without unnecessary delays. 

We also have a consultancy helpline service for our clients so that they can get what they need to do done quickly or delegate this to Woodcock Law.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.