If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will need to apply to get settled status before 30 June 2021 to continue to live in the UK after this time. It will also mean you can continue to access public services, such as the NHS, as you do now.
What is settled or pre-settled status
Both allow you to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. It will also mean you can continue to access public services, such as the NHS, as you do now.
Who can apply
You need to apply for settles status if:
- you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is
You can also apply for settled status for your child or children.
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
This means you need to apply even if you:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen - you can check if you’re a British citizen if you’re not sure
- have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
- are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply - including if they’re from Ireland
- are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
Non EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
You may be able to apply if you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but:
- you used to have an EU, EEA or Swiss family member living in the UK (but you’ve separated, or they’ve died)
- you’re the family member of a British citizen and you lived outside the UK in an EEA country together
- you’re the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
- you’re the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- you’re the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK, or the child’s primary carer
You’ll usually need to provide proof of your relationship to your family member from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
If you are not sure what this means for you or your family, or if you need help with the application process, support is available from Citizen’s Advice Sheffield on 0808 278 7820.
What happens if you don’t apply
If you have not made an application to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, you will become unlawfully present and will be at risk of losing access to employment and benefits.
You may be subject to other sanctions, such as being unable to rent from a private landlord in England or get free secondary healthcare. You could also be subject to Home Office enforcement action.
The Home Office has said that late applications will be entertained if there is a ‘reasonable excuse’ for the delay. Some examples include:
- children whose parent, guardian or local authority fails to apply on their behalf
- people in abusive or controlling relationships who were prevented from applying
- those who lack the physical or mental capacity to apply
If you are unsure as to whether you’re eligible to make an application, need support to make an application or have not applied by the 30 June 2021 deadline, please contact Citizens Advice Sheffield on 0808 278 7820.
Help to apply
You need to register online. The outcome of your application will be emailed to you so you will also need an email address before you start. We have arranged for local guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme and support to complete your application with Citizen’s Advice Sheffield (CAS). You can talk to them about this by calling 0808 278 7820.
They will be able to help you with your questions or any additional advice such as immigration. If you need further help with your application CAS can refer you for a bookable telephone appointment. Advisers speak a number of languages and translated materials are also available.
Documents you need to apply
Due to COVID-19, the Home Office will accept alternative evidence of identity due to circumstances beyond the individual’s control or due to compelling practical or compassionate circumstances.
If your passport or national identity document have expired, they may still be valid due to regulations implemented because of COVID-19.
There is published guidance regarding expired passports or national identity documents with some countries automatically extending their validity.
Full Government guidance, including details of extensions to expired documents, is available on the EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance webpage on the GOV.UK website.