Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families
If you’re an EU 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.
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.
The UK has reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland. If you’re a national of these countries you’ll be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from 30 March 2019.
Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. The test phase of the scheme is open now, but you must meet all the requirements to apply.
You might also choose when to apply depending on your circumstances.
The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
You can only apply in the test phase if you’re either:
- a passport holder from the EU
- a family member of someone from the EU, and you have a residence card with a biometric chip and ‘EU right to reside’ on the back
In line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union published in March,
the EU Settlement Scheme will mean that:
- EU citizens and their family members who, by 31 December 2020, have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible for ‘settled status’, enabling them to stay indefinitely.
- EU citizens and their family members who arrive by 31 December 2020, but will not yet have been continuously resident here for five years, will be eligible for ‘presettled status’, enabling them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
- EU citizens and their family members with settled status or pre-settled status will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.
- Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent) living overseas will still be able to join an EU citizen resident here after the end of the implementation period, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020 and continues to exist when the person wishes to come to the UK. Future children are also protected.