All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.
An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should check if they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for their children, even if they have already applied and been granted a status themselves.
If an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and their family members have lived in the UK for many years or have a permanent residence document or EEA Biometric Residence Card (BRC), they still need to apply to the EUSS (or apply for British citizenship) by 30 June 2021 to secure their existing rights in the UK.
Irish citizens and those with indefinite leave do not need to apply but may do so if they wish.
Help is available
If you, or anyone you know, needs help with making an application to EUSS a range of support is available including over-the-phone advice to more tailored one-to-one support. View all the support services here.
You can also find details here of how to contact the 72 organisations across the UK that have received Home Office funding to help support EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members to apply.
Using your status
Those who have successfully applied to EUSS can access their pre-settled or settled status online, update their personal details, and get a ‘share code’ to provide their status securely to others at www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status
You should use this service to update the Home Office with any new documents you’ve been issued since applying. If you plan to travel after 1 July, you should also use this service to ‘add’ any document that you did not use to apply – so if you applied with your passport but plan to travel on a National ID card, you should use this service to update the Home Office with your National ID card. This will avoid any delays at the border when re-entering the UK.
After the deadline
There’s still time to apply before the deadline, and all eligible applicants should do so if they can. However, there remains scope, indefinitely, for a person eligible for status under the EUSS to make a late application to the scheme where there are reasonable grounds for their failure to meet the deadline. Every late application will be considered on its individual merits, and this guidance, published on 1 April, provides further details.
Eligible close family members living overseas can apply to join an EU, EEA or Swiss family member who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. They can apply to come to the UK at any point. More information on joining family members can be found on GOV.UK.
Time is running out
Secure your own existing rights or encourage eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens you know living in the UK to apply now online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme
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