If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.
If the application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. You may be able to stay in the UK without applying. For example, if you’re an Irish citizen or already have indefinite leave to remain.
Who else can apply for EU settlement scheme
You can apply to join your EU, EEA or Swiss family member if they started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
You can either:
- Apply from outside the UK, if you have a certain type of passport, identity card or residence document.
- Come to the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme family permit and apply to the settlement scheme once you’re here.
When you can apply for
- The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.
- The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. You must usually have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
Who should apply
You need to apply if:
- You’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- You’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is (or is an eligible person of Northern Ireland).
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.
What you’ll get
The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will remain the same until 30 June 2021.
You’ll be given either:
- Settled status
- Pre-settled status
1. Settled status
If you’ve resided in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as “continuous residence”).You’ll usually be granted established status. Five years of continuous residence indicates that you have spent at least 6 months in any 12 month period. Like you been in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man during the previous five years.
2. Pre-settled status
If you have not lived in the UK for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’). You’ll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Unless you are applying as the existing close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who started living here by then. You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.
After you’ve applied
- If your application is approved, you will receive an email confirmation of your settled or pre-settled status..
Switch from pre-settled status to settled status
- If you have pre-settled status, you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you got your status.
- You must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme again before your pre-settled status expires to stay in the UK.
When to apply
- You can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).
- The five years begin on the day you initially arrived in the United Kingdom. You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years to apply.
- You may not be eligible for settled status if during the 5 years you spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12 month period.
If you’re not eligible for settled statuse
You may be able to reapply for pre-settled status if you were not eligible for settled status. Because you spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period.
Both of the following must apply:
- The time you spent outside the UK was before 31 December 2020.
- You were back in the UK on or before 31 December 2020.
You usually need to apply before 30 June 2021. There are different rules if you’re applying as the close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. If you are unable to obtain pre-settled status and your present status is due to expire. You should apply for a visa to remain in the United Kingdom.
What you’ll need
- You can use the same proof you used to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme the first time
- If your pre-settled status was based on your relationship to a family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland,. You’ll also need proof of your relationship to your EU, EEA or Swiss family member.
Apply to switch your status
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