If you are the close family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, or the close family member of their spouse or civil
partner, and you want to enter and remain in the U.K. you need to submit an application from abroad first. Your
close family member, or their spouse or civil partner can be your relevant sponsor if they are covered by the EU
Settlement Scheme. You will be able to apply to join your relevant sponsor in the UK at any time in the future.
Your relevant sponsor must have started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, with residence not broken by long
absences. Your relevant sponsor must apply for pre-Settled Status or Settled Status before 30 June 2021 in order to
continue lawfully living in the UK after that date.
Am I eligible to join my relevant sponsor and how do I apply?
I am the partner or
dependent of my sponsor
Spouse or Civil partner
The relationships must have existed on 31 December
2020 (31/12/2025 for family members of a Swiss citizen).
If you are not in one of these relationships by the
31/12/2020, please check below if you could apply as a
The Home Office expects to see two years of cohabitation
or other evidence of the relationship being serious by
31/12/20 for example, if you have shared responsibility
Dependent Child or grandchild
Only children and grandchildren of 21 and older will need
to provide proof of dependency on the relevant sponsor
Dependent parent or grandparent
Applications made by 30/06/21 have dependency
Applications made on or after 01/07/21 have to show
dependency (see overleaf).
My English is not good enough
to understand the application
Settled offers help through our website, through our
multilingual Facebook forums and our multilingual
helpline that is reachable also via WhatsApp and SMS.
Check our website for further details and contact numbers.
I’m an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen,
what do I need to apply?
A valid biometric passport or ID card
Proof of your relationship (see overleaf)
Download the Home Office EU EXIT: ID Check
App to a smartphone to scan the biometric ID.
I’m a non-EEA citizen,
what do I need to apply?
Most non-EEA citizens will not be able to use the EU EXIT:
ID Check App to scan the biometric ID. They will need
to apply first for an EU Settlement Scheme Family
Permit. Only then will they be able to enter the UK and
apply for (pre-)settled status. If they arrive in the UK
after 01/04/2021 they must apply for (pre-)settled status
within 3 months of their arrival.
When joining my relevant
sponsor, can I enter as
a visitor and apply for
(pre-settled) status from the UK?
No, you need to apply from abroad AND
you need to wait for a decision on your
(pre-)settled status application before
traveling. A certificate of application doesn’t
prove that you can enter and remain in the UK.
I have a criminal record
We recommend you seek legal advice
If you wish to become a volunteer, please join us at settled.org.uk
Join your relevant sponsor in the UK
DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE
YOU MUST PROVIDE
Your relevant sponsor must be one of the following:
An EU/EEA/Swiss citizen or their spouse or civil partner
A relevant person of Northern Ireland or their spouse or civil partner
An EU/EEA/Swiss citizen that was living in the UK and was exercising treaty rights before getting also British citizenship or their spouse or civil partner
An EU/EEA/Swiss citizen that is a “frontier worker”
A British citizen who is also an EU/EEA/Swiss, in some limited cases, can sponsor a family member if they fall under the McCarthy dual national transitional arrangements
An Irish citizen who would have been eligible for leave under the Scheme had they applied before 1 July 2021, or their spouse or civil partner
Preferably the EU/EEA/Swiss citizen should have received the (pre-)settled status before making an application.
Your family member must meet the eligibility criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme even if they have not applied or
cannot apply. This means that they:
were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020
pass criminal record checks
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you will have to apply and wait for a decision from abroad for (pre-)settled status before entering the UK. Make sure you have a valid ID. If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you will be able to use the EU Exit: ID Check app if you have a biometric ID.
If you are a non-EEA, citizen you will have to apply from abroad for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit before entering the UK. Visit: https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eu-settlement-scheme-family-permit
If you are a non-EEA family member who has a valid biometric residence card but has been outside the UK for more than six months, you can apply for pre-settled status using the app rather than a Family Permit.
If you haven’t got a passport or an ID card, or if it is about to expire, make an appointment to apply for a new document as soon
Evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member or their spouse or civil partner, for example a marriage certificate dated before 31/12/2020, civil partnership certificate dated before 31/12/2020, or birth certificate. If you’re married to or in a civil partnership with a Swiss citizen who was resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, the rules are different. You may be eligible if you got married or entered into your partnership any time before 1 January 2026, and the relationship still exists when you apply.
If the EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member you are joining has applied to the EU Settlement Scheme you must provide their application number.
If the EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member you are joining has not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme you must provide both: their valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport or national identity card evidence that they would be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme if they had applied.
If you’re an unmarried partner you’ll need to provide evidence that you were in your long-term relationship by 31 December 2020.
This usually means showing that you had been living together for 2 years before 31/12/2020. Evidence could include:
- joint bank statements, utility bills, tax returns or official correspondence received to the same address
- birth certificates or custody agreements showing that you shared responsibility for children while living together
You can use other means to show you are in a serious relationship but you’ll also need to provide evidence that:
- you’re still together when you apply
- if you were resident in the UK before 1 January 2021, evidence that you were legally resident during that time
If you have to show that you are dependent on your EU, EEA or Swiss family member or his/her spouse or civil partner, examples of the evidence you can provide include:
- bank statements or money transfers that show you depend on them financially
- evidence that you depend on them for health care, for example a letter from a hospital consultant
For further information regarding the type of documents that must be provided: