EU Settlement Scheme and Exiting the European Union - Brexit

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EUSS: 4.9 million applications

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Posted by Home Office on Thursday, 21 January 2021

At the end of the transition period on the 31 December 2020 the UK fully recovered its economic and political independence. The UK is no longer a part of the EU Single Market or the EU Customs Union.

Leaving the EU has meant a number of changes that affect the lives of people living and working in South Ayrshire.

UK and Scottish Governments and South Ayrshire Council have produced the following useful guidance about the UK leaving the EU that will help people and businesses:

The UK introduced a new points-based immigration system on 1 January 2021.

If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family members MUST apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens who were living in the UK by the 31 December 2020 who apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and their family members have lived in the UK for many years or have a permanent residence document or EEA Biometric Residence Card (BRC), they still need to apply to the EUSS (or apply for British Citizenship) by 30 June 2021 to continue to live and work in the UK. 

An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should apply on behalf of their children, even if they have already applied and been granted a status themselves.

Eligible close family members who were living overseas at the end of the transition period have the right to join EEA or Swiss citizens in the UK and apply to the EUSS at any point in the future, provided:

  • the EEA or Swiss citizen has successfully applied to the scheme
  • their relationship existed by 31 December 2020 (except in the case of children who are born or adopted after 31 December 2020) and continues to exist at the time that family member seeks to come to the UK. 

"Close family member" means a spouse or civil partner, durable partner, dependent parent, or child, including one born or adopted after 31 December 2020. Close family members may be from an EU or EEA member state, Switzerland, or from anywhere else in the world.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme today.

More than 5.42 million applications have already been made to the EU Settlement Scheme. Over 5.11 million applications have concluded with over 4.91 million grants of status already been made. Of the remaining applications 70,500 (1%) were refused and the rest were either withdrawn, voided or invalid. Each of the grants of status is accompanied by a digital proof of that status which cannot be lost, stolen or tampered with. Those who have successfully applied to the EUSS can access their pre-settled or settled status online, update their personal details, and get a 'share code' to provide their status to others at

The EU Settlement Scheme caseworkers are always looking for reasons to approve applications where possible and so it's encouraged that those eligible to apply to the scheme should do so today.

National Identity Cards at the border

EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens who have, or are eligible for, status under the EU Settlement Scheme will be able to use their national identity card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025. Thereafter, they will continue to be able to travel here on their national identity card, provided it meets International Civil Aviation Organisation standards.

Help with your application.

If you or anyone you know needs help with an application, please contact the Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379 or from outside the UK  +44 (0) 203 080 0010. Alternatively, you can ask a question in writing by email.

Carnegie Library, Ayr and the Marr Educational Resources Centre, Troon are equipped to provide digital support to EU citizens living in South Ayrshire to assist EU citizens and their families with their application for Settled Status. Bookings should be made via We Are Digital, not directly with the above centres. To find out whether you or someone you know can get help using a computer or device to make an EU Settlement Scheme or visa application call 03333 445675. Lines are open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday. You will be asked a few questions about the kind of assistance you need and if appropriate an appointment will be made for you at the Centre that is most convenient for you.

Two other organisations that are very happy to assist EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme are Citizens Advice Scotland and the EU Citizens' Rights Project.

There are also a number of other useful links with Brexit information, advice and guidance.