Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)


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

What is the EUSS?

EUSS was born out of the Brexit referendum of 2016. If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EUSS to continue living in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

What is "settled" and "pre-settled" status?

Your rights will be different depending on which status you get. You’ll be given either:

Settled status

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

  • started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by the date 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, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man 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

-time you spent abroad as a Crown servant, or as the family member of a Crown servant

-time you spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces

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 the date 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.

When must I apply?

The EUSS is now open. You can apply if you meet the criteria. You can use this link to check if you need to apply to the EUSS.

Is there a deadline period?

Yes, depending upon whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal as follows:

  • If the UK leaves with a deal, the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

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