If you are an EU national living in the UK and are worried about Brexit, we can assist you with the EU Settlement Scheme.
What you’ll get
- The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.
- The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
- If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.
You’ll be given either:
- settled status
- 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’ll usually get settled status if you’ve:
- Started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal)
- lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’)
Five years’ continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you’ve been in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period. The exceptions are:
- One period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
- Compulsory military service of any length
- Time you spent abroad as a Crown servant, or as the family member of a Crown servant
- Time you spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces
- You can stay in the UK as long as you like if you get settled status.
- The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
Please note that this is not the exhaustive list, contact us so that we can inform you as to who can apply.
- If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence when you apply, you’ll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal).
- You can then apply to change this to settled status once you’ve got 5 years’ continuous residence.
- If you’ll reach 5 years’ continuous residence at some point before 30 December 2020, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach 5 years’ continuous residence. This means that if your application is successful, you’ll get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status first.