The EU Settlement Scheme is open to resident EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and who wish to remain in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Eligible persons who have not completed a continuous 5 year period of qualifying residence in the UK will be granted a period of 5 years’ limited leave, also known as Pre-Settled Status.
The EU Settlement Scheme is also open to joining family members, who have an EU, EEA or Swiss relative who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 where the relevant relationship was formed prior to this date. They will first have to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit to enter the UK and must then apply for Pre-Settled Status to remain living in the UK.
The deadline for making an application to the EU Settlement Scheme for EEA nationals and their family members who were resident in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 was 30 June 2021. Those who were not yet eligible for Settled Status by that date were able to apply for Pre-Settled Status, and subsequently apply for Settled Status after a continuous qualifying period of residence of 5 years.
If an application was not made for either Settled or Pre-Settled Status by this date, then you may still be able to apply if there are reasonable grounds for making a late application.
Swiss nationals will be able to bring a spouse or civil partner to the UK until 31 December 2025 if the relationship began between 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2025 and the relationship is continuing.
Family members of a British citizen who lived outside the UK in an EEA country with the British citizen needed to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 29 March 2022. However, there is scope for late applications to be made here too.