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Pre-Settled Status for EEA nationals – What is it?

If you’re an EU national, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from March 2019. This will allow you to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you will be granted either settled or pre-settled status.

It should be noted that applicants will not be asked to choose which application they are making. The Home Office will make a decision on whether the applicant will be granted Settled or Pre-SettledStatus. It also vital to note that there is a difference between settled status and permanent residency.

EU Settlement Scheme – Settled Status

Settled status will be granted to EU nationals who have completed 5 years continuous residence in the UK by the 30 June 2021.

EU Settlement Scheme – When you are granted Settled Status, you have the right to:


  • stay in the UK for as long as you like
  • apply for British citizenship, if you’re eligible
  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

With Settled Status, you will also be permitted to bring close family members to join you in the to the UK after 31 December 2020. You will be eligible to do this if the following two criteria apply:

  • your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

EU Settlement Scheme – Pre-Settled Status:

If you have not completed a continuous 5 years of continuous residence in the UK  before the deadline ( 30 June 2021), you will not be eligible for settled status before the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme. However if you meet all the eligibility criteria, you’ll get pre-settled status if you apply any time before 30 June 2021.

You will be able to then change your pre-settled status to settled status as soon as you have completed 5 years’ continuous residence. Currently the Home Office have informed that changing from pre-settled status to settled status will be free.

A person who is given Pre-Settled Status can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status. However, it should be noted that in order to qualify for Settled Status, you will need to maintain your continuous residence

EU Settlement Scheme – Once granted with Pre-Settled Status, you will be able to:


  • working the UK
  • usethe NHS
  • enrolin education or continue studying
  • accesspublic funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travelin and out of the UK

With regards to children, any child born in the UK after you’ve obtained Pre-Settled Status will be automatically eligible for Pre-Settled Status. They will only be a British citizen if they qualify for it through their other parent.

You may notice that one of the key differences of rights between having Settled Status and Pre-Settled Status is eligibility for citizenship.

EU Settlement Scheme – Time Frames

The application process will be fully open from 30 March 2019. A strict deadline of 30 June 2021 has been set.

This means that every EU national in the UK should have submitted an application, either for settled status or for pre-settled status, by this date.

EU Settlement Scheme – Cost of Applications

The application fee for the scheme is £65, or £32.50 for those aged under 16 at the date of application.

There are some circumstances where there is no application fee:

  • There is no application fee where the applicant has previously been issued a permanent residence document.
  • There is no application fee where the applicant has previously been granted indefinite leave to enter (ILE) or ILR under another provision of the Immigration Rules

Brexit is approaching social and political life of everyone in the UK and in Europe. EEA citizens living in the UK will have to determine their official status and apply for settled or pre-settled status.

EU Settlement Scheme – Who should apply

As the government states “if you want to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021 you’ll usually need to apply if you’re an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen”.

This includes if you either:


  • were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • are married to a British citizen and you’re from the EU

Note! You’ll not usually be eligible to apply if you’re married to a British citizen and you’re from outside the EU.

The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. You may be able to apply if you meet the criteria.

EU Settlement Scheme – You do not need to apply if:


  • you’re an Irish citizen – your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply
  • you have indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

You do not need to apply if you already have indefinite leave to remain or enter the UK, but still you can.

Your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply even if you do not need to.

EU Settlement Scheme – Applying if you’re from outside the EU

You must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner.

You’ll need a residence card to prove your relationship if you’re unmarried.

You can also be related to an EU citizen, their spouse or civil partner as their:

  • child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
  • dependent child over the age of 21
  • dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
  • dependent relative with a residence card to prove your relationship

If you have a “UK permanent residence document”

You will still need to apply.

EU Settlement Scheme –Your rights and status

The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021.

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

You’ll be given either:


  • settled status
  • pre-settled status

it should be noted that applicants will not be asked to choose which status they are applying for.

EU Settlement Scheme – Settled Status

You’ll usually get settled status if you’ve:

  • started living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (“continuous residence”)

Five years’ continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you’ve been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period, except for:

  • one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
  • compulsory military service of any length

You will only need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once if you get settled status.

EU Settlement Scheme – Your rights with settled status

If you have settled status you can stay in the UK as long as you like.

You can also:

  • apply for British citizenship, if you’re eligible
  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

You can also bring close family members to the UK after 31 December 2020 if both of the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

If your relationship with them began after 31 December 2020, your family member will be able to come here on a family visa.

Any children born in the UK while you’re living here will automatically be British citizens.

You should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.

EU Settlement Scheme – Pre-Settled Status

If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence, you’ll usually get “pre-settled status” instead.

You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status, but you must apply again and get settled status if you want to stay here for longer than that.

EU Settlement Scheme – Changing your pre-settled status to settled status

You can apply to change your status as soon as you’ve got 5 years’ continuous residence. If you apply after April 2019, it will be free.

EU Settlement Scheme – Your rights with pre-settled status

You can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status, but you will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status.

EU Settlement Scheme – You will be able to:


  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

Any children born in the UK after you’ve got pre-settled status will be automatically eligible for pre-settled status. They will only be a British citizen if they qualify for it through their other parent.

  • this status remains valid.
  • There is no application fee where the applicant is a child under the age of 18 being ‘looked after’ by a local authority.

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