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Brexit for EU candidates

Brexit timeline


  • The UK’s membership of the EU will end on 29 March 2019
  • But EU citizens can enjoy free movement until 31st December 2020


I want to stay, so what now?


To continue living and working in the UK you’ll need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for:

  • Settled statusthis means you can stay in the UK for as long as you like
  • Or, pre-settled statusthis means you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status


Am I eligible?


To be eligible for settled status, you’ll usually need to:

  • Be an EU citizen,
  • Or a family member of an EU citizen


Do I apply for settled or pre-settled status?


Have you:

  • Lived in the UK for 5 years or more?
  • And, spent at least 6 months of each those years in the UK (continuous residence)?

If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions you can apply for: settled status


Have you:

  • Lived in the UK for less than 5 years?

If you answered ‘yes’ to this question then you’ll generally be eligible for: pre-settled status


When should I apply?


  • The registration scheme should be fully open by 31 March 2019
  • The deadline for making settled status visa applications is currently set for 30 June 2021

TIP: If you’ve not yet been living in the UK for 5 years but will qualify for settled status before 30 June 2021, you could consider applying on or after the date that you qualify

NOTE: If you will not qualify for settled status before 30 June 2021 you must apply to get pre-settled status. You’ll then be able to apply for settled status once you qualify for it


What will I need?


When you apply, you’ll need proof of:

  • Your identitya valid passport or national identity card
  • Your residence in the UK – usually providing your National Insurance number is enough, although other documents may be required / used
  • You’ll also need to complete a criminality checkonly serious or persistent criminality will affect the application; and will not affect the vast majority of EU citizens

TIP: The EU Exit: ID Document Check app can help you fill in your identity info, but you’ll need a biometric passport or EU identity card, and an android device


How Much Will It Cost?


The application fee is:

  • £65 – for adults (over 16)
  • £32.50 – for children (under 16)


But, it’s free to apply if:

  • You already have a valid permanent residence document or indefinite leave to remain
  • Or, you are applying to move from pre-settled status to settled status after the UK leaves the EU


NOTE: If you’re under 21 and you or your parent / their spouse is an EU citizen – see how to apply for settled or pre-settled status here


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