Do I need to apply?
You need to apply to remain in the UK if you’re from:
- a country in the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- another country but you have a family member who is from the EU, EEA or Switzerland
The EEA includes EU countries and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
When should I apply?
At Gowing Law we advise that you should apply to stay in the UK as soon as possible.
Following the 31st December 2020 you may be required to prove your right to services such as the NHS or Employment, if you have your ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be able to prove this.
Getting your ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ will prove your right to:
- stay in the UK for more than 3 months
- use the NHS
- claim the State Pension
- rent a home
What does ‘pre-settled status’ or ‘settled status’ mean?
Pre-settled status applies to you if you have been in the UK for less than 5 years, but moved to the UK before 31 December 2020.
This will allow you can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years. Then, you should apply for settled status to stay for longer.
You can then apply for Settled status if:
- have lived in the UK for 5 years in a row
- prove that you lived in the UK for 6 months out of every 12 months during those 5 years
The 5 years can include time before you got pre-settled status.
Settled Status applies to you if you have lived in the UK for 5 years.
When you are granted settled status, you can:
- live and work in the UK for as long as you like
- live outside the UK for up to 5 years in a row without losing your status – 4 years if you’re Swiss
- apply for British citizenship 12 months after you get settled status – or straight away if you’re married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen
- bring your family to live in the UK