EU regulations for Freedom of Movement no longer apply to the UK, so EEA, and Swiss citizens, along with their family members who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and who wished to remain legally in the UK after 30 June 2021 must have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by this date. If the application is successful an applicant will be granted Settled Status which is Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), or Pre-Settled Status which is Limited Leave to Remain (Ilr). The UK Government stated that they expected the vast majority of applicants to be successful, with only very few exceptions related to convictions for serious crimes.
To continue residing lawfully in the UK in the future, EEA, and Swiss citizens, along with their family members must have applied for either status before 30 June 2021. There are some circumstances when an applicant can make a late application after 1 July 2021.
Applicants can also apply if they have Pre-Settled status and they are applying for Settled Status.
Later deadline to apply
For some people, the deadline of 30 June 2021 does not apply. This is true if you’re one of the following:
Late applications submitted after 30 June 2021
Applicants who did not apply but the deadline may still be able to apply to the schemed provided they will be able to demonstrate they had reasonable ground for not applying by the deadline. Some reasonable grounds are, for example, if:
Applicants who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme will have their day-to-day rights protected while that application is considered.
What you’ll need to apply
If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 – or you’re applying to join or remain with your family member who did – you’ll need evidence to prove your:
If you moved to the UK on or before 31 December 2020 but had not lived here for five consecutive years when you applied, you may have been granted pre-Settled Status. If you have pre-Settled Status you can apply for Settled Status once you have five years of continuous residence in the UK. If you are granted pre-Settled Status, it is very important to make an application for Settled Status before your pre-Settled Status expires otherwise you will have no lawful residence in the UK.
EU Settlement Scheme: applying from outside the UK
Under the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the EU and the UK, those who are granted Settled Status can live outside the UK for five years without losing their status. EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who have previously lived in the UK for five continuous years but do not live here at the moment, may also be eligible to be granted Settled Status as long as they have not been absent from the UK for more than five years since they stopped living here
You can apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK.
You must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify that you’re entitled to apply from outside the UK.
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you must use your current valid passport or national identity card with a biometric chip. If you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you must use your UK residence card with a biometric chip.