EU Settlement Scheme: apply now to protect your rights
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members (including non-EEA citizens) should check if you need to apply to the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to protect your rights and to continue living in the UK.
The application deadline for those who were living in the UK by the end of the transition period at 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020, is 30 June 2021.
Even if you have permanent residence document in the UK, you still need to apply to the EUSS to stay in the UK after June 2021.
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applies to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens even if they have been in the UK for many years, and even if they have been married to a British spouse for a long time.
If you moved to the UK before 1 January 1973, you may have been given Indefinite Leave to Remain automatically if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. If you were, you do not need to apply to the EUSS to stay in the UK but can if you want to.
Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EUSS, but their family members who are not British or Irish need to apply.
What is the application process?
Applications to the EUSS are free and can be made online, where you will also find details of what information you need to apply. Another person can apply on your behalf or assist you in applying. Another person includes a family member, friend, carer, social worker, support work or legal representative.
The application requires you to provide proof of your identity and nationality, residence in the UK and, if applicable, to declare any criminal convictions. This can be done on a computer, laptop, tablet device or mobile phone. If you are not able to apply online for any reason, please contact the from outside the UK) - Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
In order to prove your identity, you will need a valid passport or valid national identity card. If you do not have either of these, or your documents are out of date, you may be able to use other evidence in certain situations. Please contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre for further information.
If you own a smartphone and have a biometric passport or national identity card (one enabled with a chip carrying your details), you can scan your document and upload your photograph using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app using an Android phone, or an iPhone 7 or above. Another person can do this on your behalf if you do not have access to a smartphone. Another person includes a family member, friend, carer, social worker, support work or legal representative.
If you are not able to scan your documents using a smartphone, or if your document is non-biometric, you can instead send your document by post to the Home Office. Alternatively, there are several locations which you can visit to have your identity documents scanned for you – details of this service are below (although note that some locations may charge a fee for this service and that some locations have been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions). You can find out more information about this stage of the process by calling the EU Settlement Resolution Centre, or visiting the website.
Successful applicants receive either settled status or pre-settled status. Settled status is indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK. It is granted to those who have been continuously resident in the UK for at least five years. Pre-settled status (limited leave to enter or remain in the UK) is granted to those who have lived continuously in the UK for less than five years. If you receive pre-settled status, you can apply for settled status once you have lived in the UK for at least five years.
Both types of EUSS status mean that you can continue to be eligible to access the benefits and services you could before the UK left the EU.
Where can you get support?
There is a lot of help and support available to you to apply to the scheme:
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) guidance
EU citizens can check what they need to do to stay in the UK if they or their family members are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Guidance, including how a family member or carer would apply on behalf of a vulnerable citizen, is available on GOV.UK (www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme).
EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre
For questions about your application, including assistance to complete the form, you can call 0300 123 7379 (or +44 (0) 20 3080 0010 from outside the UK). The centre is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Call charges may apply.
Information on the EUSS has been translated into 25 European languages and Welsh - click here to view the translated factsheets.
This free service is available over the phone and in person if you do not have the right access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445 675 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Head to the website for more information about We Are Digital.
ID document scanning service
This service is available to complete the identity verification step (checking your passport or identify document) if you do not have access to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. There may be an administrative fee to use this service. You can check availability of this service where you live.
The Home Office has provided funding for 72 organisations across the UK to provide help and support to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members with their EUSS application. To can access a postcode checker showing local support, visit the website.
Local business advice
We appreciate this is a complex situation and one of the most common questions asked is where to begin. We recommend you review your existing operations and work with your supply chain and consider the following impacts:
- Does your organisation import or export to or from the EU? Or will your goods or services pass through an EU country on its way to or from a country outside the EU
- Do you currently or plan to employ staff outside of the UK?
- Does your business have any intellectural property (IP) recognised in the EU currently and will it apply after 1 January 2021
- Do you transfer data to and/or from the EU
As always we are here to help you and your business survive and thrive. If you run a local business and would like to speak to us about business planning for EU exit please contact our Business Focus team.
Business Focus firstname.lastname@example.org 01530 454 578 or 01530 454 609
EU Exit support for businesses - national and regional events
Throughout October the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) hosted a number of sector specific webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.
For access to more webinars, including other government departments such as DEFRA or MOJ or to review on demand please visit GOV.UK webinars where there will be additional resources to support businesses through the transition period and prepare for change.
The Leicester and Leicestershire Growth Hub are running a series of events to support businesess.
The Government has designed this step-by-step Get ready for Brexit guide to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario.
You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses.
Last updated: Wed 30 June, 2021 @ 10:53