Settled and Pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

When you can apply
The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. You may be able to apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

Fees
There will be no application fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019.

  • £65 if you’re 16 or over
  • £32.50 if you’re under 16

It’s free to apply now if you already have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ or indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK.

If you paid the application fee, you’ll get a refund after 30 March. You do not need to do anything – you’ll be refunded automatically.

You’ll get an email once you’ve been refunded.

Contact the Home Office on the phone or online if you do not get an email by 20 April 2019.

What you’ll get

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

You’ll be given either:

  • settled status
  • pre-settled status

You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for. Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get.

Settled Status

You’ll usually get settled status if you’ve:

·         started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal)
·         lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’)

Five years’ continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you’ve been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period. The exceptions are:

·         one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)

·         compulsory military service of any length

You can stay in the UK as long as you like if you get settled status. You’ll also be able to apply for British citizenship if you’re eligible.

Pre-Settled Status

If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence when you apply, you’ll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal).

You can then apply to change this to settled status once you’ve got 5 years’ continuous residence.

If you’ll reach 5 years’ continuous residence at some point before 30 December 2020, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach 5 years’ continuous residence. This means that if your application is successful, you’ll get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status first.

You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status

Your rights with settled or pre-settled status

You’ll be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

If you want to spend time outside the UK

If you have settled status, you should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. This is still subject to approval by Parliament.

If you have pre-settled status, you can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. You will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status.

If you have children after applying

If you get settled status, any children born in the UK while you’re living here will automatically be British citizens.

If you get pre-settled status, any children born in the UK will be automatically eligible for pre-settled status. They will only be a British citizen if they qualify for it through their other parent.

If you want to bring family members who are not EU, EEA or Swiss citizens to the UK

If you get settled or pre-settled status, your close family members can join you in the UK before 31 December 2020 – they’ll need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as your family member.

You’ll be able to bring close family members to the UK after 31 December 2020 if both of the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

You’ll not be able to bring them here if your relationship with them began after 31 December 2020. They’ll be able to come here on a family visa.