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How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

You will be able to complete the EU Settlement Scheme application form online. You will be able to get support over the phone or in person if you need help applying online.

What you will need


When you apply, you will need to provide proof of:

  • your identity.
  • your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK.
  • your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU.


You will need a valid passport or national identity card. If you’re from outside the EU, you’ll be able to use any of the following:

  • valid passport 
  • biometric residence card 
  • biometric residence permit 

When you apply, you will be able to either:

  • scan your document and upload your photo using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app using an Android phone, or an iPhone 7 or above*
  • send your document by post upload your photo using the online application (you can take this yourself)​

You can use someone else’s phone to scan your document or you can also visit one of the organisations offering to scan your document for you.


You may need to book an appointment and pay a fee.

To be eligible for settled status, you’ll usually need to have lived in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. You will need to provide proof of this when you apply.

If you have not lived here for 5 years in a row you may still be eligible for pre-settled status.

You can give your National Insurance number to allow an automated check of your residence based on tax and certain benefit records.

If this check is successful, you will not need to provide any documents as proof of residence. You will only need to provide documents if there is not enough data to confirm you’ve been here for 5 years in a row.

The Home Office will tell you immediately after you apply if you need to provide any documents. You’ll be able to submit photos or scans of your documents through the online application form.
If you are 18 or over, the Home Office will check you have not committed serious or repeated crimes, and that you don’t pose a security threat.

You will be asked about your criminal history in the UK and overseas. You will also be checked against the UK’s crime databases.

If you have only been convicted of a minor crime, for example you have had a speeding fine, you will still be eligible for settled or pre-settled status.

You may still get settled or pre-settled status even if you have other convictions. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

If you have been to prison, you will usually need at least 5 years’ continuous residence from the day you were released to be considered for settled status.
You will need to provide proof of your relationship to your EU citizen family member (for example, a birth, marriage or civil partnership certificate). You can scan and submit this through the online application form.

You will only need to provide evidence of your family member’s identity and residence if you apply before they do. If your family member applies first you will be able to link your application to theirs. You will need to use the application number your family member gets when they apply.

If you have a valid permanent residence document you do not need to provide this proof of relationship or evidence of your family member’s identity and residence.

You will need to provide your fingerprints and a photo of your face at an application centre in the UK. You will not need to do this if you already have a biometric residence card, or are 4 years old or younger.


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