Applying for Settled and Pre-Settled Status in the U.K. post BREXIT

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 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status depending on whether you have been living in the U.K. for 5 years or more.

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.

The UK has reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland. If you’re a national of these countries you’ll be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from 30 March 2019.

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When you can apply

The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. You may be able to apply now if you meet the criteria for the test phase.

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Apply now

You can only apply in the test phase if you’re either:

•a passport holder from the EU

•a family member of someone from the EU, and you have a residence card with a biometric chip and ‘EU right to reside’ on the back

You will need access to an Android phone to apply in the test phase.

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Apply when the scheme opens fully

You do not need access to an Android phone to apply when the scheme opens fully - you can send your identity document by post.

You’ll be able to complete the application form online using any device when the scheme opens fully (for example, an iPhone or laptop).

You can also use a document other than a passport or biometric residence card to prove your identity.

The deadline for applying for Settled and Pre-Settled Status will be 30 June 2021.

When you choose to apply may depend on your circumstances.

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Fees

On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:

•£65 if you’re 16 or over

•£32.50 if you’re under 16

It’ll be free to apply if you already have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ or you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK.

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Get help

You can get help with your application on the phone or online.

Telephone: 0300 123 7379

Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Online: https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/what-is-your-question

Ruth Livingstone