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Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen (EU Settlement Scheme)

Information for late applicants

If you are an EU citizen who arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you and your family members need to apply urgently to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work, study and access benefits and services, such as healthcare, in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for making applications has now passed, however the Home Office may accept late applications where there is a reasonable ground for doing so. 

Check what the Home Office considers a reasonable ground.

How to make a late application

You can complete the application online today:

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (GOV.UK)

Applications must be made even if you:

  • were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • have a permanent residence document
  • are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
  • you're not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is

You don't need to apply if you have:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • British or Irish citizenship

Help from Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Merton and Lambeth (CAML) can provide specialist advice on the EUSS, including:

  • Applications – We'll assess your eligibility and assist with your application
  • Appeals – We can advise and assist with appeals
  • Judicial Review – We can assist on judicial review
  • Complex cases — We can provide ongoing support

To challenge a Home Office decision, you must act promptly if a written decision has been made, as a strict time limit applies.

How to contact CAML

This service is funded by Merton Council

You can print a  CAML flyer which contains the same information as this web page.

Help from Polish Family Association

The Polish Family Association are offering ID document scanning services.

You can book an appointment by calling them on 07917 401 064, or emailing info@polishfamily.org.uk.

EUSS information in Polish

If you're waiting for a decision

After you've applied, you'll get a certificate of application. The certificate will explain what you can use it for while you're waiting for a decision - for example, whether you can use it to prove your right to work in the UK.

Viewing and proving your digital status

From 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme will need to evidence their rights in the UK with their digital immigration status, rather than their passport or ID card. For example, you may need to do this when applying for a job or when renting a property.

Check how you can view your status or prove it to someone else online

If you already have pre-settled status

If you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and were given pre-settled status, you need to apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires.

You can usually apply for citizenship once you've had settled status for 12 months.

Check what you'll need to do to apply.

Translated video advice

Translated factsheets

Information on the EUSS has been translated into 25 European languages and Welsh.

View the translated factsheets

Other sources of help and advice

EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre

For questions about your application, including assistance to complete the form, you can call 0300 123 7379 (or +44 (0) 20 3080 0010 from outside the UK), or fill out this form.

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.