Answers to some of the most frequently asked issues concerning the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), as well as some “Top Tips” from applicants.
The application deadline has passed
We would like to remind members of our community who are EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals, or have family members who are affected by Brexit, that the deadline for applying to the EUSS is June 30, 2021. If you are eligible, we highly advise you to apply for the immigration status you will need to continue living, working, and studying in the United Kingdom after June 30, 2021.
What needs to be done
- If you want to keep your legal right to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021, you should apply as soon as possible.
- For more information, see the GOV.UK website and our website.
If you have any questions or would like help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are going to apply, make sure that your absences from the UK do not exceed 6 months in any 12 month period.
- Familiarise yourself with what does and does not constitute permitted absence in order to retain your continuous residence.
- To be prepared for your application for residence status, keep a digital or physical record of your documentation proving continuous residence in the UK.
- If you would like assistance, contact an immigration lawyer.
What not to do
- If you want to apply for EUSS status, you should postpone your application.
- Don’t be afraid to seek help; contact email@example.com for assistance.
- If the cause of your absence does not fall within the permitted exceptions, you may be in breach of your continuous residence if you are absent from the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period.
Is it necessary for me to apply to the EUSS?
Subject to certain exceptions, you must apply if you are:
- You are a citizen of the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland.
- You are not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, but a member of your family is (or is an eligible person from Northern Ireland).
This means that you must apply even if:
- you are a person who was born in the UK but is not a UK citizen – if you are not sure whether you are a UK citizen, you can check on the Internet
- you hold a “permanent residence document” in the UK
- are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss national who is exempt from applying – even if you are Irish.
- is a UK citizen with a family member who is a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
If you have children, you must apply individually.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and you have a family member who qualifies for Northern Ireland, you can choose how to apply.
The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family to obtain the immigration status needed to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 30 June 2021. This status indicates that you are still eligible:
- Health and education are examples of public services.
- Pensions and public funds
- If you want to apply for British nationality and you meet the requirements
Where can I find out more about the EUSS and how can I apply?
We have also published some guidelines from the EU Settlement Scheme which you may find useful.
Is it possible to apply for the EUSS from outside the United Kingdom?
Using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document check app’ and your current valid passport or national ID card (if you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen), or your UK residency card with biometric chip, you may apply for EUSS status from outside the UK (if you are not).