What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme is a program implemented by the UK government following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit).
The scheme aims to protect the rights of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens who were living in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020). It allows them to continue living, working, and accessing public services in the UK. It also allows family members of eligible EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they meet certain criteria.

Eligibility routes 

Under the EU Settlement Scheme, individuals can establish their UK status through different eligibility routes:

  • EU/EEA Nationals (After Brexit)
  • Family members of British Nationals (Surinder Singh)
  • Family members of EU Nationals living in the UK (After Brexit)
  • Family members of EU Nationals living outside the UK (After Brexit)

If you’d like to learn more about eligibility routes, please book a consultation with us.

Applying for the EU Settlement Scheme

Eligible individuals can apply for either settled or pre-settled status, depending on how long they have been living continuously in the UK.

To apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, eligible individuals must provide:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence in the UK
  • Proof of continuous residence for the required period (depending on the status they are applying for)
  • Applications are generally made online, and there is no fee.

Please note that the deadline to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme was June 30, 2021. 

However, in limited circumstances, it may be possible to make a late application.

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For expert guidance on your current circumstances, information about your available options, and to keep up to date with the latest EU Settlement Scheme developments, Seraphus is your trusted ally.

We pride ourselves on offering personalised and reliable support to ensure a seamless experience for you and to help you make informed decisions to secure your future with confidence.

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EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

  • What are the requirements for the EU Settlement Scheme?

    The main requirements for the EU Settlement Scheme include:
    • Being an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen, or an eligible family member of such a citizen.
    • Having been living in the UK before December 31, 2020 (the end of the Brexit transition period).
    • Providing proof of identity (e.g., passport, national ID card, or biometric residence card).
    • Providing proof of continuous residence in the UK (e.g., utility bills, rental agreements, or bank statements).

  • How long is the EU Settlement Scheme valid for?

    The validity of the EU Settlement Schemes status depends on the immigration status granted:

    Settled Status: This settlement status allows the individual to live, work, and access public services in the UK indefinitely. There is no expiration date.

    Pre-Settled Status: This status is valid for five years from the date it is granted. After completing five years of continuous residence in the UK, and meeting the settled status requirements, individuals can transition to settled status.

  • Is the EU Settlement Scheme over?

    The deadline for most applications to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021. However, in limited circumstances, it may be possible to make a late application.

    If you believe you might be eligible for the scheme or have a valid reason for a late application, consult the official UK government website or seek professional advice.

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