Settled Status

Settled Status is a new immigration status for EU citizens in the UK. The same rules apply for citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Settled Status is meant to secure various rights of EU citizens in the UK, including right to reside, right to work, to access public services, and others. You may read more about via our Citizens’ Rights tab.

You can download our PDF guide on applying for Settled Status by clicking Guide to Settled Status.

The EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens who wish to apply is already open. However, until the UK leaves the EU, the rights of the EU citizens are still protected under the ‘freedom of movement,’ so they do not have to apply.

Those granted a Settled Status receive and “Indefinite Leave to Remain” in the UK and will be able to keep it under any Brexit scenario.

On 6 December 2018, the UK government released a Policy paper on citizens’ rights in the event of a no deal Brexit. The UK government declares there that it will continue to run the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens resident in the UK by Brexit date even in a ‘No Deal’ scenario.”

The proposals in the paper are similar to those set out in this guide, but not identical. Crucially, some dates and provisions for family members may change. For more details on EU citizens’ rights in a ‘No Deal’ scenario, please consult the paper.

Even in case of ‘No Deal’, EU citizens who obtain Settled Status will be able to keep it.

The Settled Status application system opened on 30 March 2019

! The deadline for Settled Status applications is currently expected to be the end of June 2021 – if there is a deal.

! In case of No Deal, the deadline is set to be the end of December 2020.

After you apply for the “Settled Status,” the decision on whether you have been granted “Settled” or “Pre-settled Status” or if your application has been rejected, will come to you e-mail inbox.

If you are not happy with the decision, you’ll be told in your letter if you can apply for the decision on your application under the EU Settlement Scheme to be reviewed. This is called an administrative review. If you are unhappy with the decision and the letter tells you you cannot ask for the review, you either need to accept the decision or seek other legal means to challenge the decision; you may consider consulting a legal expert on this.

Administrative review

The information below on how to pursuit the “administrative review” if you are unhappy with the decision, is taken from the UK government website:

You can apply for an administrative review from inside the UK.

You can apply for an administrative review if either:

  • your application was refused on eligibility grounds
  • you were granted pre-settled status but think you qualify for settled status

You can also make a new application under the scheme. This application will be free if you:

  • have been granted pre-settled status and
  • apply to move from pre-settled status to settled status from April 2019To apply, you must make your application for administrative review within 28 days of the date on your decision email.

You’ll need to complete the administrative review application form.

You must use a separate form for each person applying for a review, whether they’re a child or an adult.

The procedures described above apply to EU citizens who arrive to the UK before the Brexit date. It is currently not sure when this date will fall. Those who arrive to the UK after this date will probably be treated differently. You may wish to consult UK government documents:

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