EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme provides a basis, consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union reached on 17 October 2019 and with the citizens’ rights agreements reached with the other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to apply for the UK immigration status which they will require in order to remain here after 30 June 2021. Those agreements now have effect in UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.


The EU Settlement Scheme has been set up to provide immigration status to those who need it as the UK leaves the EU.  It is therefore important that everyone that needs to applies. The EU Settlement Scheme has been designed with European Economic Area citizens and their representatives to be simple and straightforward.  It will be looking for reasons to grant, not for reasons to refuse.


The scheme opened on 30th March 2019 and applications must be made by June 2021.

It is free to make applications to the Scheme.

Full guidance on how to apply is available at:







EU Settlement Scheme Poster

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