EU Citizens Working in UK

From 30th March 2019 a new law called the EU Settlement Scheme comes into force for EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK after June 2021.

If you have arrived in UK before 31st December 2020 you have until 30th June 2021 to apply for either Settled or Pre Settled Status.

Who does it impact upon?

For EU citizens and their family who have had continuous residency in UK for 5 years* you can apply for Settled Status up until 30.6.2021 (this also relates to spouses married to a British citizen who are from EU).

Continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you’ve been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period, except for:

  • one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
  • compulsory military service of any length

Once you have Settled Status you can:

  • stay in the UK for as long as you like
  • apply for British citizenship, if you meet the requirements
  • you should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.

For EU citizens and their family who have arrived prior to 31.12.20 but haven’t lived in UK for 5 years you can apply for Pre-Settled Status.This means you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status. Once you have 5 years’ continuous residence you can apply for settled status.

Once you have pre-settled status:

  • You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.
  • You can apply for settled status as soon as you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years and spent at least 6 months of each year in the UK – known as ‘continuous residence’. You will not need to pay a further fee.
  • You can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status, but you will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status.

How do you apply?
Online to the home office between 30.3.2019 and up until 30.6.2021

What do you need to provide?

  • A scanned copy of your EU identity (usually passport) plus proof of residency (e.g. government employment information or National Insurance Number.)
  • You may also need to provide a photo and bio data (if non EU)
  • Payment of £65 for adults and £32.50 for children
  • If you have permanent residence then it’s free.

Non EU citizens who already have Indefinite Leave to Remain do not require the EU Settlement Scheme.

Settled or pre-settled status will mean you can:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK