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EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme

 

Background

Following Great Britain leaving the EU, EU citizens living in the UK must now apply for settlement in the UK for themselves and their family members through the EU Settlement Scheme. 

 

Applying successfully ensures that EU, EEA (this includes all EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Swiss citizens can continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021. Applicants must usually have started living in the UK before 31st December 2020. A full list of countries this affects is listed below.

 

EU Countries

Austria

Italy

Belgium

Latvia

Bulgaria

Lithuania

Croatia

Luxembourg

Cyprus

Malta

Czech Republic

Netherlands

Denmark

Poland

Estonia

Portugal

Finland

Romania

France

Slovakia

Germany

Slovenia

Greece

Spain

Hungary

Sweden

Ireland

 

EEA Countries

 

Iceland

 

Liechtenstein

 

Norway

 
Other  
Switzerland  

 

Who should apply

You will need to apply if you fall under one of the following categories.

 

  • you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but their family member is (or is an eligible person of Northern Ireland)

 

This means you will need to apply, even if:

 

  • you were born  in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • you have a UK permanent residence document
  • you are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply - including if they are from Ireland
  • you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member

 

If you have children, they will need to be applied for separately. 

 

Other considerations for applications

There are other scenarios where people can apply. 

 

Families can also apply to join EU, EEA or Swiss family members, if they started living in the UK by 31st December 2020. They may also be able to apply if they're not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but:

 

  • they used to have an EU, EEA or Swiss family member living in the UK (but they've separated, died or the family relationship has broken down)
  • they are the family member of a British citizen and lived outside the UK in an EEA country together
  • they are the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
  • they have a family member who is an eligible person or Northern Ireland
  • they are the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • they are the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK or the child's primary carer.

 

Who does not need to apply

Applications are not required if you:

 

  • have indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • have Irish citizenship (including British and Irish dual citizenship)
  • have British citizenship (pupils with British citizenship could still be impacted if parents do not have British citizenship as they will likely still need to apply)
  • are a 'frontier worker' or have a frontier work permit
  • are exempt from immigration control
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