EU settlement scheme
The UK has now left the European Union (EU), but the EU settlement scheme remains open until 30 June 2021.
Who can apply?
The following groups of people who are residents in the UK can apply under the settlement scheme:
- EU citizens
- Citizens of Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland (non-EU EEA citizens)
- Swiss citizens
- Eligible family members of all of the above – see Home Office guidance for details of eligible family members
- Eligible family members of British citizens who have exercised a right to reside in another EU country – see Home Office guidance for details of eligible family members.
If you were a resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply for settlement. This applies even if you are temporarily outside the UK at the moment (but you have not exceeded the permitted absence).
EEA and Swiss nationals starting a course in or after January 2021 and planning to arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 having not been previously resident must apply under the new points based system. Please see our guide to applying for a visa outside the UK.
Who cannot apply?
You cannot use the online service to apply to the scheme if you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you’re applying as:
- the family member of a British citizen you lived with in Switzerland or an EU or EEA country that is not the UK
- the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
- the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK, and you’re in education – or you’re the child’s primary carer.
Call the EU Settlement Resolution Centre to find out how to apply. You’ll be asked a few questions over the phone before you are sent the application form.
Applicants will need evidence of their residence in the UK.
Applicants who have a National Insurance number will have work records automatically accessed as part of the application and they will be used to calculate your length of residence.
Other evidence may be requested which can include letters from education and healthcare providers – see Home Office information about the EU settlement scheme for examples of evidence and full details of how the application process works.
When to apply
The application deadline is 30 June 2021.
In all cases, however, we advise you to apply as soon as possible. In particular, students whose absence from the UK is ongoing, or whose absence ended after 31 December 2020, are encouraged to contact the Immigration Advice Service for tailored advice. This includes students whose absence concerns the impact of coronavirus.
In all cases, however, we advise you to apply as soon as possible. In particular, students whose absence from the UK is ongoing, or whose absence ended after 31 December 2020, are encouraged to contact the Immigration Advice Service for tailored advice. This includes students whose absence concerns the impact of coronavirus. If you have, or are applying for, pre-settled status and you plan to apply for settled status in the future, we strongly recommend you do not allow your absence from the UK to exceed 12 months - even if this is due to coronavirus.
How to apply
You can apply using this online form.
If you have a smartphone, send your supporting documents using the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check app' – download for Android or iPhone.
Alternatively, you can complete the online form and send your documents by post.
A paper form is available but should only be used in exceptional circumstances.
What happens next?
If your application is successful, you will be granted settled status, or indefinite leave, if you have been in the UK for a period of five years.
If you have been in the UK for under five years, or cannot prove that you have been a resident for five years, you will be granted pre-settled status or limited leave. This can be converted to settled status once five years of residence is completed, subject to meeting permitted absence requirements. Please note that conversion to settled status will not be possible if an absence longer than that permitted ended after 31 December 2020.
For guidance on proving your status to employers, education providers, landlords and other third parties, please see this government publication:
'Your Immigration Status: an introduction for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (PDF).'
Help with making an application
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have published detailed information on the EU settlement scheme, which answers most questions.
Current students can also make contact with UWE Bristol's Immigration Advice Team.