Settled Status

“Settled Status” is a new immigration status that EU citizens in the UK are likely to need to obtain in order to secure their right to live in the UK after Brexit. However, its implementation may still depend on the result of the negotiations between the UK government and European Union.

On 6 December 2018, the UK government released a “Policy paper on citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal Brexit“. It states there that “the UK will continue to run the EU Settlement Scheme for those resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 in a ‘no deal’ scenario.” For more details on EU citizens’ rights in a ‘no deal’ scenario, please consult the paper – please note that there are some differences in relation to what is outlined in this guide.

It is our intent to publish a guide to applying for the “Settled Status” on our website when more information on it is available. We hope the information below is helpful in the meantime.

The UK is currently (November 2018) testing the “Settled Status” application process in a pilot scheme. You can check if you’re eligible to take part in that pilot here.

According to the official information published by the UK government:

“If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 2020.

You will not need to apply if:

  • you’re an Irish citizen
  • you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • you have indefinite leave to enter the UK – for example, you have a Returning Resident visa
  • However, your family members from outside the UK and Ireland will need to apply.”

The ‘settled status’ application process is currently open to selected EU nationals, eligible to take part in a pilot scheme.

The application process is planned to open to the public “by March 2019”.

! The deadline for Settled Status application is currently expected to be the end of June 2021.

‘Settled Status’ is meant to secure more than just your right to reside in the UK. You may read more about your rights to work, access healthcare, vote, access education and housing and other benefits in our Citizens’ Rights tab.

! Until the UK leaves the EU, your rights in the UK as an EU national remain unchanged.

According to the UK government website, the fee to apply will be:

  • £65 if you’re 16 or over
  • £32.50 if you’re under 16

It’ll be free to apply if:

  • you already have valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK
  • you have a valid permanent residence document
  • you’re applying to move from pre-settled status to settled status
  • you’re a child in local authority care

The details of the settled status applications are not publicly confirmed yet. The process is supposed to be simple and “streamlined”. According to the UK government website, the application form will be online, and you’ll be able to get support over the phone or in person.

To apply, you’ll need a proof of your identity, a proof of your residence in the UK (unless you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to remain) or a proof of your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU. You will also be subject to criminality checks.

It is our intention to publish a more detailed guide to the settled status application process when more is known. For now, we recommend the following links as sources of information:

How to apply for settled status for EU citizens” — a guide by an independent website freemovement.org

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families” — official publication by gov.uk

EU Settlement Scheme: evidence of UK residence” — a guide by gov.uk

Guidance for caseworkers considering applications under the EU Settlement Scheme during the private pilot

Information for EU citizens taking part in the pilot for the EU Settlement Scheme

Guidance on proving UK residence under the EU Settlement Scheme

The information on this website is intended for guidance only. It is based upon our understanding of current proposals and is correct at the time of going online. No liability is accepted by Citizens’ Rights Project for actions taken in reliance upon the information given, and it is recommended that appropriate professional advice should be taken.

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