Settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families

The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU citizens and their family members to continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the implementation period in December 2020. It will mean they are eligible for:
  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if they meet the requirements and want to apply.

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Implementation period

The implementation period will run from 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020. During this period, new arrangements will be put in place and the rights of EU citizens will remain unchanged throughout the period. The EU Settlement Scheme will be open to applications until 30 June 2021 for those who are resident here by the end of 2020.

The application process

Proof of nationality and identity

There will be an option to scan in passports or ID cards and uploading a photograph. Alternatively, documents can also be sent by post.Learn More »

Proof of UK residence

A national insurance number can be used to link to HMRC and DWP data. Alternative documentary evidence can also be providedLearn More »

Criminality check

Any criminal convictions in the UK or abroad should be declared.Learn More »

Payment details

Applications are free for looked after children and holders of PR cards or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). For everyone else, the cost will be:

  • £65 for adults
  • £32.50 for children (under 16)

Legal framework

Appendix EU has been added to the UK Immigration Rules, which governs the rights of EU nationals in the UK on or before the end of the transition period. This document can be found here: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules.

News and updates

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EU Settlement Scheme trial opened today

The Independent The first EU nationals wishing to apply to stay in the UK after Brexit are submitting their paperwork as part of a Home... Read More

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Awareness is key!

It is crucial to ensure that everyone applies, and we should all do our best to raise awareness of... Read More

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