This page hopes to offer some current guidance to EU Nationals living in the UK – you can click to sign up for email updates about the scheme.
If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EUSettlement 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.
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 (ILR).
On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.
If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:
- £65 if you’re 16 or over
- £32.50 if you’re under 16
Who should apply
If you’re an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen, you’ll usually need to apply if you want to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.
This includes if you either:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
- are married to a British citizen and you’re from the EU
You’ll not usually be eligible to apply if you’re married to a British citizen and you’re from outside the EU.
The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. You may be able to apply now if you meet the criteria.
Who does not need to apply
You do not need to apply if:
- you’re an Irish citizen - your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply
- you have indefinite leave to enter the UK
- you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
You can apply if you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK, but you do not need to.
Your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply even if you do not need to.
Applying if you’re from outside the EU
You must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner.
You’ll need a residence card to prove your relationship if you’re unmarried.
You can also be related to an EU citizen, their spouse or civil partner as their:
- child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
- dependent child over the age of 21
- dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
- dependent relative with a residence card to prove your relationship
If you have a ‘UK permanent residence document’
You will still need to apply.
Read the guidance on what to do if you have a UK permanent residence document.
When to apply
The scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members now. It will open fully by 30 March 2019.
The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
You can apply now if you’re eligible, but you’ll probably get pre-settled status rather than settled status if you do not currently have 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’.
When you’ll have 5 years’ 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, except for:
- 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
If you’ll have 5 years’ continuous residence by 30 June 2021
If you apply once you’ve got 5 years’ continuous residence (and you meet all the eligibility criteria), you’ll get settled status.
If you apply before you’ve got 5 years’ continuous residence, you’ll only get pre-settled status. You’ll then need to apply again later to get settled status if you want to stay in the UK permanently.
If you will not have 5 years’ continuous residence by 30 June 2021
You will not be eligible for settled status before the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme. However if you meet all the eligibility criteria, you’ll get pre-settled status if you apply anytime before 30 June 2021.
You can then change your pre-settled status to settled status as soon as you have 5 years’ continuous residence.
You may get settled status before you have 5 years’ continuous residence if you had to stop working early, or start working in another EU country.
If you’re applying as a family member of an EU citizen
You’ll probably get a decision more quickly if you apply at the same time or after your family member applies.
Your family member will be given an application number when they apply. You can use this to ‘link’ your application to theirs, so that your applications are considered together.
If your family member is an Irish citizen
Your Irish family member does not need to apply.
If you’re the family member of an EU citizen who has died
You might be eligible for settled status before you’ve been living in the UK for 5 years.
Your family member must have been working or self-employed in the UK at the time of their death. You must also have been living with them just before their death and either:
- they lived continuously in the UK for at least 2 years before their death
- their death was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease
If you’re overseas and a family member of an EU citizen living in the UK
If you’re not living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you’ll be able to apply to join your family member here after that date if all of the following apply:
- your family member has either settled or pre-settled status
- your relationship began before 31 December 2020
- you remain a close family member, for example a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, a dependent child or grandchild, or a dependent parent or grandparent
The Government wants people to stay and to keep families together. I hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK. I urge any EU or British national that is still concerned about their rights to get in touch at email@example.com