If you are an EU citizen and want to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, EU citizens need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens to continue to live, work and study in the UK. If you are an EU citizen you will need to consider the following factors:


  • EU nationals who have not been living in the UK for 5 years will need to apply for a pre-settled status (Once a pre-settled status reaches the five-year mark, residents can then apply for settled status).
  • EU nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be eligible for settled status if they have been residents for five years.

No Brexit

  • Only EU nationals who are resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 would be eligible to apply under the settlement scheme. The application needs to be completed by 31 December 2020.
  • Individuals who have already obtained evidence of permanent residence status under the current system will still need to apply again under the new system

What should Employers be doing now?

  • Employers should undertake a full right to work checks on their employees well before the EU settlement scheme deadline on 30 June 2021.
  • In the event of a no-deal, employers should ensure checks are taken before October 2020.
  • New EU recruits who are in the pipeline need to be employed by 31 December 2020 if there is a deal. However, if there is no deal, EU recruits should be employed by 29 March 2019.
  • Investing time and resources to help raise awareness among staff. EU settlement scheme toolkit provides factsheets, videos and posters which can be used to help inform staff.
  • Businesses who fail to do right to work checks could face high commercial risk and costs.

How to Apply?

  • Visit the GOV.UK website
  • Fill in a short online application form using your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
  • You will need to verify your identity and nationality by scanning your passport, EU or national identity card and upload a photograph of yourself.
  • Confirm your residence by providing your National Insurance number, if you have one. In some cases, other documentation may need to be provided.
  • Complete the criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application.