The EU Settlement Scheme, introudced as a result of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, is a form of Immigration Permission designed to offer EU nationals and their family members who are resident in the UK or will arrive by 31 December 2020 the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
- Only EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members (spouses or civil partners; children unmarried children under 21 years) can apply.
In order to gain full 'right to reside' EEA nationals must provide evidence for thier UK residence, and Family members who are non EU nationals will need to prove their relationship to an EU national.
When non-EU family members either travel or join a EEA national in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit, the EEA national they are joining must has been granted either pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Conditions of Stay
- EU nationals and their family members can freely engage in study, employment, freelance, or business activities, and is able to travel freely in/out of the UK without restrictions.
Length of Validity
- EU nationals and their eligible family members already in the UK on or before 31 October 2019 and those who come to the UK during the transitional/ implementation period (from 31 October 2019 until 31 December 2020) can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK.
Non-EU family members can stay in the UK for up to 6 months, and if they want to stay in the UK they need to apply for Pre-settled status.
To get settled status, both EU nationals and thier family members will need to have lived here for five years.