The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) provides a basis, consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union reached on 17 October 2019 and with the citizens’ rights agreements reached with the other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to apply for the UK immigration status which they will require in order to remain in the UK.These agreements now have effect in UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. 

The immigration status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme is normally one of the following:

  • indefinite leave to enter (ILE) (where the application is made outside the UK); or
  • indefinite leave to remain (ILR) (where the application is made within the UK)–also referred to forthe purposes of the scheme as ‘settled status’; or
  • 5 years’ limited leave to enter (LTE) (where the application is made outside the UK); or
  • 5 years’limited leave to remain (LTR) (were the application is made within the UK) – also referred to as ‘pre-settled status’.

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 31 December 2020. 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 (ILR). The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 31 December 2020.

Applications Under The EU Settlement Scheme

Following are the various applications which can be made under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS):

Deadline To Apply Under EU Settlement Scheme

The scheme is open to EU citizens and their family members. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. You can apply now if you’re eligible, but you’ll probably get pre-settled status rather than settled status if you do not currently have 5 years’ ‘continuous residence’.

Who Needs To Apply Under The EU Settlement Scheme?

If you’re an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen, you’ll usually need to apply if you want to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020. This includes if you either:

  • were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • are married to a British citizen and you’re from the EU

You will still need to apply for settled status under the EU settlement scheme if you have a ‘UK permanent residence document’.

Who Does Not Need To Apply Under The EU Settlement Scheme?

You do not need to apply if:

  • you’re an Irish citizen - your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply
  • you have indefinite leave to enter (ILE) the UK
  • you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK

Applying As A Non-EEA Family Member Under EU Settlement Scheme

You must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner. You’ll need a residence card to prove your relationship if you’re unmarried.
You can also be 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
  • dependent relative with a residence card to prove your relationship

What Status Will You Get Under The EU Settlement Scheme?

The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 31 December 2020.
As a result of successful application under the EU settlement scheme, you’ll be given either:

If you’re an EU citizen, you’ll still be able to use your passport or identity card to enter the UK once you get settled or pre-settled status.

FAQs - EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

What is the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)?

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) provides a basis, consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union reached on 17 October 2019 and with the citizens’ rights agreements reached with the other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to apply for the UK immigration status which they will require in order to remain in the UK.These agreements now have effect in UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. 

What is the cost of application under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)?

There is no fee for an application under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Applicants under the scheme are not required to pay the Immigration Health Charge (IHS). Where the application is made within the UK, a non-EEA national applicant required to enrol their biometrics may be required to pay a fee to a commercial partner to do so, depending on the location of the centre they choose to use (several across the UK are free to use).