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Special provisions apply to the following groups:
Applicants will need the following:
Identity and nationality verification
Applicants will be required to prove their identity and nationality. EU citizens can do so with a valid EU passport or national identity card. Non EU family members can use a valid passport or valid biometric residence permit (BRP) or biometric residence card issued under the EEA Regulations.
Applicants will be able to provide evidence of nationality and identity either
Photos and biometric data
Automated checks of HMRC and DWP data will be carried out in the first instance, to establish continuity of residence for five years.
- If the applicant is an EU citizen and the automated checks of indicate that they have been continuously resident in the UK for a period of five years, they will be granted settled status (indefinite leave to remain), subject to criminality and security checks. The majority of people who have been working should be able to establish residence in this way.
- Where the automated checks do not show continuous residence for five years, the applicant will be able to upload documentary evidence of continuous residence for five years, or evidence of being in one of the categories where residence in less than five years is possible.
REFSee Special cases and Proof of residence
- Applicants who are EU citizens do not need to rely on being family members of other EU citizens except in specific circumstances.
REFSee family members
- If the applicant is a non EU citizen without a permanent residence (PR) document, in addition to evidence of residence, they will also need to provide evidence of relationship.
REFSee family members.