New EEA settlement scheme
What are the requirements to apply for settlement under the new EEA settlement scheme?
If you or your family member is an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen, you are able to apply for settlement under this scheme. There are two different types of status – settled status and pre-settled status. The type of status you will receive depends on how long you have been living in the UK for.
If you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020 (or before 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal) and you have lived in the UK for a continuous 5-years period (at least 6 months in any 12 months period), you may be granted settled status which means you can stay in the UK without restrictions. However, if you do not qualify for settled status then you can apply for pre-settled status instead (see below).
What does the application process involve and what documents are needed?
The process and documents required for the application depend on your individual circumstances. Please contact us directly for specialist advice.
What are the processing times?
The processing of application normally takes about 1 to 4 days. It may take longer if the Home Office requires more information, the application is submitted by post, or an applicant has a criminal record/adverse immigration history.
Can I apply for another form of status if I do not meet the requirements for settlement?
Yes, you can apply for pre-settle status if you do not meet the requirements for settled status. However, you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 12 April 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal). Once you obtain pre-settled status, you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years. You may then apply for settled status after 5 years subject to satisfying the criteria.
If I am granted settled status under the new scheme, when can I apply for British nationality?
After you obtain settled status, you should live in the UK continuously for another 12 months and you can then apply for British nationality (subject to satisfying all of the other eligibility criteria).
What is the Home Office fee for the application?
It is free of charge to apply.
Where can I find more information about the scheme?
For further information please go to: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status