The EU Settled Status (EUSS) Scheme

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021 but you'll need to apply to the EU Settlement scheme to continue living in the UK after this date. The EU Settled Status (EUSS) Scheme allows European Nationals living in the UK to obtain a permanent immigration status before this happens. The deadline for applying to the scheme is 30 June 2021.

As of 2019 this is a new immigration status and affects people’s rights to housing, healthcare, education and access to certain benefits so you need to act now if you haven’t already. On this page, you can find out what you need to do if this applies to you and how it could affect your benefits and access to services in the UK. 

Why you may need to apply for Settled Status?

With steps underway to leave the EU, if you are an EU, EEA, or swiss citizen you and your family will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the United Kingdom after the 30 June 2021. Without Settled Status you may not be entitled to:

  • Public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • Public funds and pensions 
  • British Citizenship, if you want to apply to meet the requirements.

There are two status types Settled and Pre-Settled.

Settled Status: If you have already been resident in the country for five or more years you can apply for settled status and will be granted indefinite leave to remain.

Pre-Settled Status: If you have been resident in the country for less than five years you can apply for pre-settled status and will be granted limited leave to remain but you can apply for settled status at your five year point. This is a digital status (you will receive no paper document) and it replaces the current right to reside checks.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • You will need to apply if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen or you are not an EU, EEA or swiss citizen, but your family member is (or is an eligible person of Northern Ireland) this includes those with a UK permanent residence document.
  • You need to be resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020.
  • If you have been a resident in the UK for five continuous years or more you will be eligible for settled status.
  • If you have been a resident for less than five continuous years you will be eligible for pre-settled status.
  • You must not be a serious or persistent criminal, a threat to national security, or have a deportation order against you.

Please note: You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, or you are an Irish citizen, although you can if you wish too.

How to apply to the EU Settled Status Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is open and you have until the 30 June 2021 to apply.

  • You will need to apply online and have the following information to complete your application:
  • Proof of identity (passport or national identity card)
  • Proof of residence (National Insurance Number)
  • Criminality Check (Declarations of any criminal convictions)

Once you have completed your application you will be notified electronically of your status through the online service. Your family members who are from outside the EU will receive a biometric residence card if you do not already have one.

It is important that you complete the application as soon as possible to ensure you are eligible. Please note that applications are taking longer than normal due to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. You can find step by step instruction on how to apply on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus.

Need more information?

You can find out more information about the EU Settled Status Scheme from the sources below:

Online Assistance with the application process: www.gov.uk/assisted-digital-help-online-applications

Alternative Support Organisations: www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-community-support-for-vulnerable-citizens

Immigration Advisers: www.gov.uk/find-an-immigration-adviser/what-advisers-can-do

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