What is the EU settlement scheme, how can you apply and who is it for?

Here is all you need to know about how people who came here to live can stay on after Brexit.

What is the EU settlement scheme?

From March 30 2019, people have been able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen need to apply by June 30 2021 to be allowed to stay.

But if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline will be December 21, 2020.

Successful applicants will be given either settled, after five years, or pre-settled status before that time.

Anyone who doesn't apply by this deadline when they should have will no longer be living in the country legally.

How can you apply for the EU settlement scheme?

People need to fill a form online or use a smartphone app online compatible with Android by clicking here.

Applicants will need a valid EU passport or identity card.

They will also need a recent photograph, a national insurance number if there is one, proof of residence.

The price of applying for settled status had been set at £65 for adults and £32.50 for children. But this has now been scrapped and there is no charge.

Who is the EU settlement scheme for?

All of the estimated 3.5 million EU citizens currently living in the UK who want to stay living there will need to apply.

Exceptions include Irish citizens and those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Children with an EU passport will also have to apply for the scheme.


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