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EU Settlement Scheme

The UK is due to exit the European Union (EU) and the UK government and the EU have been negotiating an agreement which will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and study with continued access to public services such as healthcare.

The UK government has stated that, in order to retain these rights at the end of the ‘transition’ phase (which is currently expected to be after 31 December 2020), EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will have to register under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Further guidance

Visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Visit the UK Government website.

Who is eligible?

You must be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 or before the exit date if no exit agreement is reached. You can apply if:

  • you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • you’re not an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen but your family member is

If you have Permanent Residency you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme or for UK citizenship by the deadline.

How to apply

You will need to complete an online application form to:

  • Verify your identity
  • Show you are resident in the UK
  • Declare any criminal convictions

You will need to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify your identity (currently only for Android devices with Near-Field Communication). You can scan a biometric passport, biometric national identity card or biometric residence permit to verify your identity using the app.

Some organisations are offering an identity verification service for a fee if you can’t access the app. Alternatively, you can post your identity document to the Home Office to verify your identity.

Deadline and Cost

It’s free to apply to the scheme. If an exit agreement is reached you must apply by 30 June 2021. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, the deadline will be 31 December 2020.

If you paid a fee when you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme during the pilot phase, you’ll get a refund.