The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you need to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply

If you have not already done so, we would urge all affected individuals, including non-EU family, to register with the scheme before 30th June 2021. 

Who should apply?

Except in a few cases, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their non-EU family members, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Family members of EU citizens

Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 also need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as:

  • the relationship still exists; and
  • their EU family member was resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and usually has successfully applied to the scheme by 30 June 2021

Close family members are: spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. Family members do not need to be from the EU, they can come from anywhere in the world.

Children need to secure an immigration status as well as adults.

What about Permanent Residence under EU Law?

Please note even if you have lived in the UK for many years, or you have a UK permanent residence document, you still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. A permanent residence document confirms that you have rights under European law.  In the future, EU law will no longer apply and the migration and status of EU nationals will be subject to UK law.

I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.  Do I need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can if you want to.

If you have not already done so, we urge you to apply for settled/pre-settled status for you and your family.  You can do this by visiting  The steps are easy to follow and you should be able to apply yourself for each member of your family but you will require a smart phone.  If you have any issues please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you receive pre-settled status, also known as limited leave to remain or enter, this means you can stay in the UK for a period of 5 years. This will allow you to remain in the UK until you are eligible for settled status, generally once you have lived continuously in the UK for 5 years. Then you can apply for settled status.

If you receive settled status, also known as indefinite leave to remain or enter, this means there is no time limit on how long you can stay in the UK. You can apply for British citizenship if you meet the requirements and want to apply.

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