EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK, you and your family members need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure that you can continue living in the UK after Brexit.
All your non-UK family members, including children and dependent members who are non-EU citizens, will need to apply. If you already hold Indefinite Leave to Remain, you don’t need to apply but can if you want to. If you have Permanent Residency Status, you will still need to apply.
SECCA can help you to understand the Scheme, and how to protect your rights by applying.
How do I apply?
The EU Settlement Scheme is open to applications, and you will need to apply online. To apply, you will need to be living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and you will need:
- a valid identity card or passport
- your national insurance number if you have one
- an email address
- a phone number
If you have lived in the UK for 5 continuous years or more, you will be eligible for settled status (indefinite leave to remain). If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you will be eligible for pre-settled status (temporary leave to remain), which you can convert to ‘settled’ status once you have lived continuously in the UK for 5 years. Once EU/EEA/Swiss nationals have received your status it will be on-line (you will not receive a letter) and you can share it, when asked by an employer for example, through the home office website. Any family members who are not EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will receive a biometric card.
What support can I get?
SECCA can advise and give information on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme including:
- What the EU Settlement Scheme is
- What criteria you need to meet
- How to make an application
- What documents you will need to apply
- What type of status you are eligible for
- Completing application forms
Due to the COVID-19 situation, SECCA is currently closed, but staff are available to help. To make an appointment, please email email@example.com, or send a Whatsapp message to 074-1577-7725. It is free to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme, and support from SECCA is provided at no cost.
The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.
If you do not apply to the scheme before 30 June 2021, you risk becoming an unlawful resident in the UK, and may lose your access to work and benefits, including the NHS.