Family members of EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens who are living outside the UK may still be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, provided they meet certain requirements. These family members include spouses or civil partners, unmarried partners, dependent children or grandchildren, and dependent parents or grandparents.
To be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK, the family member must (aside from children), evidence they have been in a relationship with the EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen before December 31, 2020, and the relationship must still exist. The family member must also be joining or accompanying the EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen to the UK.
If the family member is an EU national and they are eligible, they should apply for EU settled status or pre settled status to enter the UK. If this is approved, they can travel to the UK to join or accompany their EU, EEA, or Swiss family member.
If the family member is a non-EU national, and they are eligible, they should apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit to enter the UK. This permit allows them to come to the UK to join or accompany their EU, EEA, or Swiss family member. Once they arrive in the UK, they can apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, depending on their length of continuous residence in the UK.
To apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit, the family member must: