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EU Settlement Scheme and Exiting the European Union - Brexit

The deadline has now passed but late applications are being accepted.

Over 6.34 million applications have been made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) by EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, of which 287,800 were received after the 30 June 2021 deadline.

More than 5.99 million applications have been concluded of which 547,600 were concluded after 30 June 2021.

3.10 million (52% of concluded applications) were granted settled status and 2.5 million (41%) were granted pre-settled status, totalling 5.6 million grants of status.

Of the remaining applications, 108,900 (2%) received a withdrawn or void outcome, 99,400 (2%) were invalid and 194,400 (3%) were refused.

Key points to remember about the EU Settlement Scheme

Those eligible for status under the EUSS can make a late application to the scheme if they have reasonable grounds for having missed the deadline. Applicants can make a late EUSS application at: www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.

It is important that anyone who is eligible to apply does so urgently to protect their right to live, work, study and access benefits and healthcare in the UK.
Individuals who make a valid EUSS application have their rights in the UK protected until they receive an outcome of their EUSS application. Applicants who have made a valid application will be issued with a certificate of application, which can be relied on to evidence their rights in the UK. This can be accessed by signing into the view and prove service at www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.

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

Eligible close family members living overseas at 31 December 2020 can apply to join an EU, EEA or Swiss family member who started living in the UK by then. More information on joining family members can be found on GOV.UK.

There is published non-exhaustive guidance on reasonable grounds for missing the deadline on GOV.UK. The Home Office will continue to look to grant status, rather than for reasons to refuse.

Landlords and employers can also use the Home Office view and prove service to confirm protected rights for an individual where they have a digital status. If the individual has a physical certificate of application, landlords and employers can call the government's checking services to confirm the individual's right to rent or work. Landlords and employers can find more information on GOV.UK.

How to access and update digital status

You can view your EUSS status online, via the view and prove your immigration status service.

Please refer to the following guide for further information about using your digital status: 'Your immigration status: an introduction for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens'.

Switching from pre-settled status to settled-status

If you hold pre-settled status, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you're eligible. This is usually after you've lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as 'continuous residence').

You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years before you can apply to switch to settled status. If you have spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period, you may not be eligible for settled status.

To switch, you must apply to the EUSS again before your pre-settled status expires. For further information, please refer to the guidance available on GOV.UK.

International Travel

When travelling to or from the UK we recommend that those who have been granted status through the EUSS use the same document to travel as they used to apply to the scheme. If travelling on a different document, they should update their UKVI account to add that document in good time before they travel.

They can do this by either using the 'Update your UK Visas and Immigration account details' service at www.gov.uk/update-uk-visas-immigration-account-details or by signing-in and using the 'update details' function of the View and Prove service at www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.

For example, if someone used their passport to apply to the scheme and plans to travel using their national identity card, they should ensure that both documents are registered to their UKVI account. If they do not receive confirmation that the document has been successfully added to their UKVI account before they travel, they should, wherever possible, take both documents with them to avoid unnecessary delays at the border.

Changes to UK law following the UK's departure from the EU mean that most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can now only enter the UK using a valid passport. This does not apply to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with status under the EUSS, or who otherwise have protected rights under the Citizens' Rights Agreements. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/before-you-leave-for-the-uk.  

Help with your application.

A range of support is still available to those who need help to apply after the deadline. If you or anyone you know needs help with an application, please either go to www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme or 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.

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

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:

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

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