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EU Settlement Scheme

How can I apply for settled/pre-settled status?

You will be able to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme as follows:

EU Settlement Scheme NOW fully open:

 Please note that there is no need to rush as the deadline for applying will be either 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit.

If you wish to apply, you will need to:

1)      Verify your identity using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app on an Android device

  • You must complete this step first before attempting to complete your online application.
  • Before you start you will need:

a)       Your biometric passport or biometric residence card (non-EEA nationals)

b)       Your mobile phone

c)       To download the Home Office EU Exit: ID Document Check app from the Google Play Store to verify your identity.

  • This is currently only available to download on Android devices - an easy way to check if your device can use this app is if contactless Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology is available within its settings.
  • If you do not have an Android device:
    • You may wish to use a family member/friend’s device. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device.
    • A number of Android devices are available at the ICT Service Desk/Tech Bar which is located on the First Floor (just past the main staircase), Central Library, South Kensington Campus, and is open 08.30 - 18.00 weekdays – no appointment necessary.
    • Face to face help is also available at identity scanner locations where applicants can be helped to use the app.
  • Accept the T&Cs
  • Scan the photo page of your biometric passport/biometric residence card (non-EEA)
  • Enter your mobile number (you will need to change from the default US option)/email then enter the PIN number you receive
  • Check your biometric document’s information which contains a biodata chip. Please note: this can be slightly tricky so please follow the instruction below carefully:
    • Press the Check Now button first, then place the device on top of your biometric passport/biometric residence card (non-EEA citizen family member)  and do not move it until the check has been completed.
    • Do not proceed with your application until you have completed the identity check otherwise you will be asked to send your passport to the Home Office.
  • Scan your face
  • Take a photo of yourself
  • Check the summary
  • Submit information
  • After using the app to verify your identity, you will be sent an email asking you to verify your email address and continue your application online.  
  • You can complete the rest of the application either on that device or on any smartphone, laptop or computer.
  • We are aware that some individuals have experienced difficulties when using Internet Explorer and that it may therefore be better to use an alternative browser such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc

2)    Complete your online application 

  • Before you start you will need:

a)       To have completed Step 1 to Verify your identity using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app on an Android device.

b)      Your biometric passport or biometric residence card (non-EEA nationals)

c)       Your mobile phone

d)      Your Permanent Residence (PR) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) document, if you already hold this status

e)      Your National Insurance number – if you have one

  • You will then need to enter the following information:
  • ID type - passport number, DoB
  • Enter your mobile number/email then enter security code
  • Application type – dual nationality, Permanent Residence (PR), Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), non-EEA citizen family member
  • Personal details - address, other name, National Insurance (NI) number (if you have one)
  • Criminal convictions & extremist activity check - complete the Yes/No declaration
    • Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application. This should not affect the vast majority of EU citizens and their family members.
    • You may still get settled/pre-settled status even if you do have convictions. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
  • Answer 3 security questions in case of difficulties accessing your application at a later date
  • Submit your application
  • The result of your continuous residence checkwill be displayed straightaway.
    • The system uses your NI number to check your tax (HMRC) and benefits (DWP) data to work out how long you have been resident in the UK
    • If you have not worked in the UK because you are a student here, you will need to provide additional evidence of your residence.
    • If you have provided proof that you have a valid PR or ILR document, you will be exempt from the continuous residence check.
    • If you agree with the result of your continuous residence check, accept and submit to complete your application.
    • If you disagree with the result of your continuous residence check, or where your residence cannot be proven automatically in this way, you will need to upload additional evidence of your residence.
      • If the results detail the exact number of years and months that are missing then you will only need to upload additional evidence to cover the relevant dates. If not then you will need to provide evidence for the full 5 year period.
      • If you do not have all the documentary evidence available we recommend that you save and close your application at this stage. Once you have all the documentary evidence you need you can return to your application, upload the evidence and submit to complete your application.
    • You will not need to provide evidence of your entire residence in the UK, only for the period that proves you’re eligible for settled/pre-settled status.
  • After you apply
    • You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application, which will explain how long applications are taking to process, and an email confirming receipt of payment.
    • Once processed, you will receive an email confirming your status and how to access this digitally. You will not get a physical document unless you’re from outside the EU and do not already have a biometric residence card.
    • If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal the decision. You can also reapply as many times as you want to before the final deadline for applications.

Advice and Support

  • Access to an Android device to complete the ID document check:
  • You may wish to use a family member/friend’s device. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device.
  • A number of Android devices are available at the ICT Service Desk/Tech Bar which is located on the First Floor (just past the main staircase), Central Library, South Kensington Campus, and is open 08.30 - 18.00 weekdays – no appointment necessary.
  • At present, the International Student Support Team are unable to assist with submitting an application for permanent residence/settled status until we have received formal training under the regulations of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. Once we have received the required training, we may be able to provide more in-depth assistance. As yet we are unable to guarantee when this will be.
  • A number of local authorities are offering an identity document scanning service to ensure those who do not have access to a suitable device are able to verify their identity – see details of locations available.
  • Additionally, the Home Office has set up an EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre to answer questions you may have about your application,  telephone 0300 123 7379 or +44 (0) 20 3080 0010 or ask a question by using the online submissions form
  • An assisted digital service is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. If you require such support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445675 (Mon-Fri 9.00 - 17.00).

(Updated 29/03/19 | Reviewed 06/12/19)

Can my family members apply?

  • Family members living in the UK are eligible to apply when the EU Settlement Scheme. Please note that there is no need to rush as the deadline for applying will be either 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit.
  • If you participated in the Home Office Pilot or public test phase of the Settlement Scheme then your family members will be able to link their applications to yours later so there will be no need for them to submit any information/evidence required from you.
  • Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent) living overseas will be able to join EEA citizens resident in the UK, where the relationship existed on the relevant date (or where a child was born overseas after this date) and continues to exist when the person wishes to come to the UK. In the event of a no deal Brexit, applications would need to be made by 29 March 2022.
  • Future spouses, partners and dependent relatives will be able to join EEA citizens, where the relationship was established after exit, until 30 December 2020.
  • Thereafter family members will be subject to the immigration rules in place at the time.

(Updated 02/04/19 | Reviewed 06/12/19)