1. Who can apply for settled status?
You can apply for settled status if you are an EU citizen and have lived in the UK for a continuous period of at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row.
Where you do not want to wait for the new scheme, you can apply for permanent residence now only if you meet the criteria. However, you will have to apply again for settlement when the applications open.
2. I haven’t lived in the EU for a continuous period of 5 years. Can I still apply for settled status?
You can apply for pre-settled status if you have arrived in the UK on or before 31st December 2020.
Once you have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years.
3. What does “pre-settled status” mean?
You will be granted 5 years limited leave to remain during which your rights to healthcare, work arrangements and access to benefits will continue.
You will be eligible to apply for settled status (indefinite leave to remain) as soon as you have completed 5 years continuous residence in the UK.
4. How much will it cost to apply for settled status
The proposed charge of £65 for adults and £32.50 for children under 16 has been removed for applications made after 29th March. Applications made before then will incur the charge but it is refundable. The exception is if you have already got a permanent residence permit or pre-settled status (see below).
5. I already have a valid permanent residence document. Do I still have to apply?
You will still have to apply but the process will be more straightforward, and you will be able to swap for settled status free of charge.
6. Once I have been granted pre-settled status, how much will it cost to apply for settled status?
Where you have already been granted pre-settled status, any application made for settled status on or after 1st April 2019 will be free of charge.
7. What does “continuously” mean? What if I have travelled outside the UK during 5 years?
Living in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years means you have not been absent from the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period. There is no restriction on the number of absences.
8. Are there any exceptions if I left the UK for a single period of more than 6 months?
You will still be eligible for the scheme if you do not leave for more than 12 months and it is for an important reason such as childbirth, pregnancy, serious illness, study, vocational training or overseas posting.
Any period of absence on compulsory military service is permitted.
9. What rights will I have by obtaining settled status?
You will be able to continue to live and work in the UK permanently.
Your rights to healthcare, work arrangements and access to benefits will continue.
After holding settled status for 12 months, you will be eligible to apply for British citizenship.
10. I will have lived in the UK for 5 continuous years by 31st December 2020. When is the deadline for me applying for settled status?
You will have to apply for settled status by *30th June 2021.*
11. I have already lived in the UK for 5 continuous years. When will I be able to apply for settled status?
The scheme will be fully open by 30th March 2019.
12. I am an Irish citizen. Do I have to apply for settled status?
You will not be required to apply for status under the scheme, but you may do so if you wish.
Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK under the common travel area regulations. This is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU.
Your eligible family members (who are not Irish citizens) will be able to apply for settled status without the Irish citizen doing so.
13. Will I have to provide my passport or national identity card?
Where you do not want to send your physical passport or identity card by post, you can use an app which will confirm the relevant details remotely using a mobile phone or tablet.
14. Will criminal convictions affect my application for settled status?
Where the Home Office considers your criminal conviction as “serious” your application may be refused.
You must self-declare your criminal convictions in your application (without having to submit evidence).
Minor offences such as parking fines will not be grounds for refusal.
Seek further advice if you are concerned about this.
15. How will I be able to prove my continuous residency?
The Home Office will verify dates using data held by the HM Revenue and Customs and The Department for Work and Pensions.
Where there is no government data you will be able to upload additional evidence.
A draft list of acceptable documentary evidence can be found in Annex A of the UKVI document.
16. Can I apply outside the UK?
It is currently assumed that applications will need to be made inside the UK. This may be subject to change.
17. Will the application be online or on paper?
It will be an online application form. Only in particular circumstances can a paper application form be requested.
18. Will I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?
No, you will not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.
19. Will I have to show that I have held comprehensive sickness insurance?
You will not have to show that you have held comprehensive sickness insurance during your qualifying period.
However, where you want to apply for permanent residence before this is replaced with the Settlement Scheme, you will have to show that you have held CSI or an EHIC card for the whole 5 years of your qualifying period.
20. What happens if my application is refused?
Where your application is refused, you will have the right to request an administrative review.
Where you are refused under the scheme before 31st December 2020, you can make a fresh application before 30th June 2021.
A right of appeal may be established if you apply under the scheme after *30th March 2019*, however this is yet to be approved by parliament.
21. What document will I receive to prove my status?
There will be digital means of evidencing your status.
No physical document will be issued to EU citizens.
Non EU citizens will be issued with a biometric residence document.
22. Will I have to enrol my biometrics?
You will not have to enrol your fingerprints.
You will be required to upload a passport style photograph of yourself as part of the digital application process. This must be a different photograph than the one in your passport.