Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

However, you can still apply to the scheme if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but did not make an application to the EUSS prior to the deadline of 30 June 2021. You need to demonstrate ‘reasonable grounds’ why you did not apply by the deadline.

If you have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and wish to remain in the UK, do not delay applying any further.

The steps you need to take.

Make sure that you have all the relevant documents required to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before you begin:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of continuous residence in the UK and (unless you’re applying to join a family member) that it started prior to 31 December 2020
  • Proof of your relationship to a family member, and their eligibility or status under the EU Settlement Scheme, if you’re applying to join or remain with them in the UK
  • If you are making a late application you need to have evidence which explains why you did not apply by the deadline.

If you have a valid EU biometric ID or a valid UK Biometric Residence Card, you can start the application process from the EU EXIT:ID Document Check App.

In all other cases you can start the application process from https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

Advice - hints or tips

The Home Office has said that it will take a ‘flexible and pragmatic approach’ to accepting late applications and will look for reasons to grant applications, not to refuse them.

Remember, if you did not apply by 30 June 2021, you will need to show ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline.

Some reasonable grounds stated by the Home Office are (source https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/eligibility):

  • you’re a child, or applying for your child, and you did not know you needed to apply
  • your parent, guardian or local authority did not apply for you when you were a child
  • you have, or had, a medical condition which prevented you from applying
  • you lacked the physical or mental capacity to apply
  • you have care or support needs, or those caring for you were unaware of the deadline
  • you’ve been the victim of modern slavery
  • you’ve been in an abusive or controlling relationship
  • you did not have internet access, or access to relevant documents
  • you came to the UK on a work or study visa and became eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme while you were here, but did not know you could apply
  • you already have indefinite leave to enter or remain, and you did not know you could apply to the scheme
  • you had permanent residence status (PR card) or a residence document (such as a registration certificate) that stopped being valid after 30 June 2021, and you did not know you needed to apply to the scheme
  • you had difficulty accessing support to apply because of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions
  • another compelling practical or compassionate reason that prevented you from applying

The application under the EU Settlement Scheme is free. However, there might be additional costs such as translations, biometric appointment fees, scanning centres fees or if you decide to seek professional legal advice.

Prove my ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ Status

When you have successfully applied to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), you will be issued with Pre-Settled Status (if you have been resident in the UK for less than 5 years), or Settled Status (if you have been resident in the UK for 5 years or more).

This status allows you to prove your rights in the UK to employers, landlords, medical practitioners and other service providers who require evidence of your immigration status.

Your EUSS status is a digital status that does not have a physical counterpart. You will only be able to provide digital evidence of your status, following the steps below.

Where to get help if you get stuck.

The UK government runs the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre, which can help you with your EUSS application.

You can contact them online here: https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/

Alternatively you can call the EUSS Resolution Centre on the following numbers:

From within the UK: 0300 123 7379
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
You can find out more about call charges here: https://www.gov.uk/call-charges

From outside the UK: +44 (0)203 080 0010
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Settled is here for you if you require further help with your EU Settlement Scheme issue.
You can call us on 0330 223 5336 or email [email protected]

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for children

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who want to live in the UK need to apply for new immigration status. The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) has been set up by the UK to grant this immigration status.
Everyone, including children, must make an application. A separate application must be made for each child. Children are NOT covered by their parents’ application.

The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.
Any EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who did not apply under the scheme by that date – and does not have alternative immigration status – may be considered unlawfully resident in the UK.

Which children are eligible?

  • Children/young persons from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland who were residing in the UK prior to 31 December 2020.
  • Children/young persons who are not EU/EEA/Swiss citizens if their parent or guardian (or their spouse or civil partner) is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who started living in the UK prior to 31 December 2020.


Children/young persons who hold British or Irish citizenship do not need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, Irish children can apply if they want to. However, it is important not to assume that children born in the UK or the Republic of Ireland automatically hold citizenship of that country. We recommend that British/Irish children get a passport to prove their nationality if they do not already have one.

In most cases, children born and adopted after 31 December 2020 are still covered by the EUSS. If the child is born or adopted in the UK before 01 April 2021, the parents or guardians must make an application for the child as soon as possible.

If the child is born or adopted in the UK on or after 01 April 2021, the parents or guardians must apply within 3 months of the date the child was born or adopted. Late applications will be accepted but you should explain why you are making a late application.

Any child born abroad from 01 January 2021 needs to apply to enter the UK as a joining family member. If the child is born or adopted abroad after 01 January 2021, or you are planning to travel abroad to give birth, we recommend you seek legal advice before traveling.

The steps you need to take.

If the child has a valid EU biometric ID, you can start the application process from the EU EXIT:ID Document Check App.

If the child has a non biometric ID, you can start the application process from this web page:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-statusYou should apply for each child through the EU Settlement Scheme portal here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status

If the child has no ID, you will need to contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre and request a paper application.

You can find more general information on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme here: (link to our ‘Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme’ help page on the website)

Advice - hints or tips.

Linking applications to parent/legal guardian, when starting the application process from the EU EXIT:ID Document Check App.

To apply for a child, the parent/legal guardian must begin a new application for the child. if the child is under 21 years old, the parent/legal guardian can ‘link’ the child’s application
to their own. This means that the child will automatically get the same status as the parent/legal guardian, if their application is successful.

To do this, the parent/guardian has to provide proof of the child’s identity, select the option to apply ‘using your parent’s residence’, then enter the parent’s/guardian’s (pre-)settled status application number, provide proof of his/her relationship to the child (e.g., a birth
certificate). If the child was also living in the UK before 01 January 2021 the Home Office will also ask for evidence of residence to confirm this.

What evidence is needed if the child’s application is not linked?

Where a child’s application is not linked to a parent or guardian’s, such as for children in care or if the child lives and studies in the UK and the parents do not, the Home Office will need evidence of the child’s identity and residence in the UK prior to 31 December 2020.

In this case, the same rules apply for children as they do for adults. Letters or certificates from schools, colleges, universities, cards or letters from GPs, hospitals or other healthcare professionals confirming appointments, letters from a government department, public service or charity and used travel tickets can be used as proof of residence.

If the child has a criminal record?

We recommend you seek legal advice before applying.

What if the child/young person doesn’t have a valid passport or identity card?

The Home Office guidance states that alternative evidence of identity and nationality may be accepted if ‘the applicant cannot obtain or produce the required document due to circumstances beyond their control or due to compelling practical or compassionate reasons.

You should call the EU Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379 to discuss the situation and request a paper application if there is no way of obtaining or renewing the document.

You must continue to try to obtain a passport or national ID document for the child as the Home Office may check what has been done to progress the application for ID after the EUSS application has been made.

British Citizenship and children.

The children of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK may be eligible to become a British citizen, even if their parents are not. If a child was born in the UK and at least one of the child’s parents has Settled Status or Indefinite Leave to Remain, the child may be eligible for British citizenship. Please seek further legal advice if this is the case.

However do not delay an application to the EUSS. The application for citizenship is a lengthy one and you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for your child without affecting their possible entitlement for British Citizenship.

If you have Settled Status and you are planning to give birth abroad, we recommend that you seek legal advice before traveling as this may affect your child’s entitlement to British Citizenship.

Where to get help if you get stuck.

The UK government runs the EU Settlement Resolution Centre, which can help you with your EUSS status.

You can contact them online here: https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/

Alternatively, you can call the EUSS Resolution Centre on the following numbers:

From within the UK: 0300 123 7379

Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

You can find out more about call charges here: https://www.gov.uk/call-charges

From outside the UK: +44 (0)203 080 0010

Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Settled is here for you if you require further help with your EU Settlement Scheme issue.

You can call us on 0330 223 5336 or email [email protected]