EU Settlement Scheme
Find out more information about the EU Settlement Scheme to allow EEA nationals and their family members to apply for the right to remain in the UK long-term after the UK exits the European Union.
I am an EU/EEA student at City. Should I apply under the UK Governments’ EU Settlement Scheme?
Yes if you have been living in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for permission to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status).
Alternatively you can apply for permission to stay in the UK for five years (known as pre-settled status). If you have just arrived in the UK, you can do so once you register in-person as a student at the university. If you apply after the UK leaves the EU, you will need to wait until you have lived in the UK for 6 months until you can apply.
After you have completed 5 years in the UK, you can then apply for settled status (confirmation that you have the right to remain permanently in the UK).
Family Member of EEA nationals
If your family members are EU nationals living in the UK with you they can also apply via the EU Settlement Scheme. if your family members are non-EEA nationals then they should apply after your application has been successful. Family members of British citizens who are currently in the UK under EU law provisions are also able to apply.
Swiss nationals are eligible to apply under the EU settlement Scheme.
Comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI)
Those applying under the EU Settlement Scheme will not be required to show that they held comprehensive sickness insurance during their time in the UK.
However, we would advise that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card from your home country before travelling to the UK in order to ensure that you can easily access services on arrival eg healthcare until you are able to successfully apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.
When is the deadline to apply?
If you are still living in the UK on 31 December 2020, you will need to apply before 30 June 2021 if you wish to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK after then.
In the event of a No Deal Brexit, you will need to be living in the UK on or before the actual Brexit Date and apply before 31 December 2020.
How do I apply?
The application is made online and is free and permission is confirmed online through an online service unless you are a non-EEA family member and do not hold a biometric residence permit already. You will usually be emailed a decision on your application within 3 - 5 working days unless the Home Office needs to make further enquiries.
What documents do I need to apply?
- Passport or valid national identity card
You will be asked to upload a passport or valid national identity card digitally using an app on an Android phone or tablet with OS 6.0 or above if your document has a biometric digital chip. Alternatively, if you cannot use the app, you can send your document by post or pay to have it scanned at an approved centre.
- Proof of residence in the UK
If you are applying for pre-settled status, you can upload a student status letter to show that you are resident in the UK.
If you are applying for settled status, you will need to show that you have been living in the UK for 5 years. If you have a National Insurance Number the Home Office will be able to check your residency against government records. Please see the UK Home Office website for examples of other types of documents that can be relied on to establish residency including Qualification Certificates. You will be asked to scan supporting documents as part of your application.
Free Movement immigration law blog: How to apply for “settled status” for EU citizens