EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme was introduced after the UK exited the EU. The scheme was launched by the UK government in 2019 to regularise the immigration status of EU citizens living in the UK after the UK departed from the EU.

EU Settlement Scheme

The scheme allows EU citizens to continue to have the same rights and entitlements in the UK as the ones they enjoy before Brexit. The scheme formally came to an end in June 2021.

After June 2021, EU citizens living in the UK will be required to prove their immigration status.  EU citizens who have not yet applied under the scheme can still apply if they can provide a good explanation for the delay.  The application system is digital-only. If you have not yet made your application, please contact our dedicated team on 02031918080 in order to get assistance.

EU Settlement Scheme law

What Is The EU Settlement Scheme?

The Home Office introduced the EU Settlement Scheme as a way for EU and EEA nationals to hold lawful immigration status in the UK after Brexit. The scheme will classify your immigration status as either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’.

You’ll get settled status if you’ve been living in the UK continuously for five years. If you’ve lived in the UK for less than five years you get pre-settled status which will last for five years. Once you’ve lived in the UK continuously for five years you can apply for settled status. Settled and pre-settled status will allow you and your family to live and work freely in the UK. You can also leave and enter the UK as you please. After 12 months with settled status (six continuous years of living in the UK) you can then apply for naturalisation to become a British citizen.

What About My Family?

Under UK Immigration Rules, family members of an EU or EEA national are considered to be a:

  • Spouse or civil partner
  • Child or grandchild of you and/or your spouse or civil partner, if they’re under 21 or financially dependent on you
  • Parent or grandparent of you or your spouse or civil partner who’s financially dependent on you.

If your family are already with you in the UK, they can apply to the Settlement Scheme at the same time.


If your family is still abroad they can still join you in the UK after Brexit. If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you’ll need to prove that your relationship is genuine for your spouse or partner to join you.


For unmarried partners of EU and EEA nationals, they would also be able to join you in the UK before 1 January 2021. You’ll also need to prove your relationship is genuine.


Once they’re in the UK, they’ll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.


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