EU Settlement Scheme
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Family members of an eligible person of Northern Ireland can also apply to the scheme. Successful applicants will gain either “settled” or “pre-settled” status dependent on various factors including how long you’ve stayed in the UK.
Employers looking to support and provide clear, accurate information to EU citizens that they employ and their family members can access a range of resources on GOV.UK to assist with this.
Individuals can start the process of checking if they need to apply here. Note that the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
Once an individual has either settled or pre-settled status, they will be able to:
- work in the UK
- use the NHS for free, if they can at the moment
- enrol in education or study in the UK
- access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if they are eligible for them
- travel in and out of the UK
Additional support is available to those who need help to complete their application, including:
- EU Settlement Resolution Centre – use the online query form or call 0300 123 7379
- Translated information – guidance and materials relating to the EU Settlement Scheme have been translated into 25 European languages and Welsh, and can be downloaded from GOV.UK
- Assisted Digital – additional support for those who do not have the right skills, access or confidence to complete the online form. More details are available online or by calling We-Are-Digital on 03333 445 675
- ID document scanning service – a list of locations offering this service can be found here.
- Citizens Advice Scotland – a range of guidance has been provided online, and you can contact the free, impartial, confidential EU Citizens Support Service on 0800 916 9847