Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

You and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK, if you are a citizen of:

  • the EU
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.

You can still apply if either:

  • the deadline for you to apply is after 30 June 2021
  • you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline

You must have been resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 to be eligible for the scheme.

It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme is free. Apply now if you’re eligible.

You’ll need to apply again when you’re changing your pre-settled status for settled status.

You can apply using any device, for example, a laptop, Android device or iPhone.

Check what you’ll need before you apply.

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Get help to fill in your application

You can get support to use the online application form if you don’t have access or you don't feel confident to use a computer or mobile device to complete the form.

Phone the EU Settlement Resolution Centre if you need help or information about your EU Settlement Scheme application on 0300 123 7379.

Support for vulnerable citizens

You can get support applying to the EU Settlement Scheme if you’re a vulnerable citizen, for example if you:

  • are elderly
  • are isolated
  • are disabled
  • are a child in care
  • have significant language or literacy problems
  • have mental health issues
  • do not have a permanent address
  • are the victim of domestic abuse
  • are the victim of human trafficking

You can find more information and support when applying to the EU Settlement Scheme on GOV.UK.

The Home Office have made this factsheet to help applicants understand the process.

Migrant Help provides advice to vulnerable migrants who need help to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You can send an email to or phone 07483 090 721.

Voices in Exile provides support for refugees, asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds. You  can send an email to or phone 01273 082 105.

Citizens Advice also offers advice for EU citizens about staying in the UK after Brexit.

Support for Deaf people

The Royal Association for Deaf People provides a specialised service in sign language. They offer face-to-face sessions, webcam sessions and roadshows all over the UK.

Sign up to the UK government’s Brexit email newsletter

If you are an EU citizen living in the UK, sign up to the UK government’s Brexit newsletter for email updates about developments on the:

  • status of EU citizens in the UK after we leave the EU
  • next steps for EU citizens in the UK

EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) aftercare

Use our guide to find out what happens after you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Those who have successfully applied to the scheme can access their pre-settled or settled status.