Applications to the EU Settlement Scheme* close on 30 June 2021. EU citizens who want to stay but haven’t applied should do so NOW to secure their rights in UK law.
You usually need to apply if you’re from a country in the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Or you could be from another country and a family member of someone from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
If you have lived in the UK for 5 years or more, you can apply for settled status. If you have been here for up to 5 years, you can apply for pre-settled status.
After 30 June 2021 you may need to prove your right to get a job or use the NHS. Once you have either settled or pre-settled status you will also be able to claim benefits (but see note below**) including state pension and to rent a home.
You might also be able to apply for British citizenship, but it’s a good idea to apply for pre-settled or settled status too. It’s faster and it’s free!
You will need to prove your identity using documents such as passport or national identity card. If you give a National Insurance number, the scheme will automatically check your records during the application to work out how long you’ve lived in the UK.
Remember. If your children were born in the UK but are not British citizens, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to enable them to stay. Each child must have her or his own application. Our full online advice here.
** It might take longer than usual to get a decision if you apply for these benefits using pre-settled status as your only right to reside. You might be able to get a decision more quickly if you have both pre-settled status and another right to reside. If you have pre-settled status and the DWP refuses your benefits application because you don’t have a right to reside, contact one of our advisers.