EU Settled Status Applications

If you hold pre-settled status, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK legally for 5 years.

What is Settled Status

Settled status is confirming a European citizen’s rights to remain in the UK indefinitely. 

Requirements

Wednesday, 30 June 2021, was the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

Applications made after 30 June 2021 deadline

You can still apply if you’re eligible for the scheme and can show ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline. Some examples of reasonable grounds for missing the deadline can be found on the UK Government website.

If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21. If you are expecting to have a child (or have given birth since 1 April 2021), then your baby will also need to have an application made on their behalf within 3 months of their date of birth.

Switching from pre-settled status to settled status

If you hold pre-settled status, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).

You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years before you can apply to switch to settled status. If you have spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period, you may not be eligible for settled status.

To switch, you must apply to the EUSS again before your pre-settled status expires.

At London Solicitors our specialist immigration solicitors can help you gather the necessary documents and create effective successful settled status applications.

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