As you may already be aware if you’re an EU, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss citizen, and wish to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
You need to apply if:
- you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is (or is an eligible person of Northern Ireland)
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
This means you need to apply even if you:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen – you can check if you’re a British citizen if you’re not sure
- have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
- are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply – including if they’re from Ireland
- are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
If your application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021, your rights and status will remain the same until 30 June 2021.
The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to decide whether to grant your application. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for. Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get.
You must provide Central Employment with your settlement scheme status once you have received this. Failure to do so will affect your continued employment with Central Employment.
It is free to apply to the scheme, the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. We encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible due to the delays involving COVID-19 and a backlog of applications.
For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families