The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. If you successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be able to continue living and working in the UK after this date.
Who should apply?
You must apply if you:
- are an EU citizen;
- are a family member of an EU citizen;
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen; or
- are from the EU and are married to a British citizen.
If you have a ‘UK permanent residence document’ you will still need to apply. You can apply if you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK, but you do not need to.
Can you apply if you are from outside the EU?
Yes, if you meet the following criteria:
1. You are in a relationship with an EU citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner; or
2. You are 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; or
- dependent relative with a residence card to prove your relationship
If you are unmarried, you must have a residence card to prove your relationship. If you are from outside the EU and are married to a British citizen, you will not usually be eligible to apply.
When can you apply?
The scheme will be open to all EU citizens and their family members 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).
What happens once you have applied?
If you are eligible and successfully apply to the scheme, you will be given either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status depending on how long you have lived in the UK.
What is the difference between ‘settled’ and ‘pre-settled’ status?
To be given either status, you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
If you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years (and have been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period), you will have 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’ and will be granted ‘settled status’.
If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence, you will usually be granted ‘pre-settled status’. This will allow you to stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status. If you wish to stay in the UK after that time and you have obtained 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’, you must apply to the scheme again to get settled status.