What is the EU Settlement Scheme?


The EU Settlement Scheme is compulsory for EU nationals and will allow them and their families to live and work in the UK after Brexit.


Those who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years will need to apply for Pre-Settled Status, whereas those who’ve been here longer than 5 years can request Settled Status. Pre-Settled Status will enable applicants to stay here for another 5 years and they can then apply for Settled Status.


THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A FEE FOR THIS PROCESS Each adult application will cost £65 (children £32.50) and the received status will provide access to public services, funds and pensions in the UK.


The scheme will be fully operational by the end of March 2019 when the details are due to have been approved by Parliament. The deadline for applications from EU citizens and their families is 30th June 2021, so there’s no hurry!


EU Settlement Scheme Update

This is the latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme is live
Following a period of extensive testing, the EU Settlement Scheme is fully open. Over 600,000 people have already applied under the Scheme to secure their rights and get the status they need to stay in the UK after Brexit for as long as they wish.

Our message to EU citizens remains the same. We want you to stay and to continue to call the UK your home.

It is a straightforward process

The service has been designed to make it as simple as possible for EU citizens and their family members to apply.

During the public test phase of the Scheme earlier this year, over 200,000 applications were received from citizens of all 27 EU countries:

– 95% of applicants successfully used the mobile phone app to prove their identity remotely, most in under 10 minutes
– 88% of applicants were able to have their UK residence automatically checked by providing their National Insurance number
– 81% of respondents reported that it was “very easy” or “fairly easy” to complete the application form

Apply today

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge today. Applicants only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions.

You can find full guidance and start your application at: http://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

If you would like to use the Android app to verify your identity, you can download the app from the Google Playstore. For guidance and a video demonstrating how to use the app, click here. This service will be available on Apple devices by the end of this year.

Alternatively, you can visit an identity scanner location to help you complete this part of the application process or you can post your document for verification.


It’ll be an online application process and there’ll be support on the phone or in person for people who don’t have access to a computer or need help with translation. Applicants will need to:


  • provide a valid passport or national identity card (via the post or an official App)
  • upload a recent digital photo of their face (it doesn’t have to be a passport photo)
  • give permission for the Government to check data (eg tax) which shows how long they’ve lived in the UK
  • answer questions about whether they have any criminal convictions


If they’re successful they can see proof of their status online, but they won’t receive a document. If their application doesn’t get the go ahead, they can appeal the decision or apply again.

Those who cannot use the online system can apply in person and provide documents to support an application.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the Goverment’s default position will be to grant the statuses within two weeks of the application being received.


Visit the Brexit Decoded Forum to connect with other people who’ll need to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status.

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