EEA and Swiss citizens who are resident in the UK before 11.00pm on 31 December 2020 will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Why should I apply?
The EU Settlement Scheme is free to apply for. It gives you the same access to study, work and the NHS and leaves your options open if you think you might want to do another degree or get a job in the UK after your studies. You can also share your status with employers and landlords.
It is strongly advisable to apply as soon as possible. Having your status clear will make it easier to claim your rights, travel in and out of the UK and undertake lots of day to day tasks.
EEA and Swiss nationals, and any eligible family members, will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they were residing in the UK before 31 December 2020. If you choose not to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, you will have to apply for a Student visa, which can be expensive and time consuming.
What documents will I need?
- Passport or national identity card
- Proof that you are resident in the UK
Can I apply by myself?
Yes – the application has been designed so it is straightforward and user-friendly. You can apply by completing an application form online.
If you need help with, or information about, the EU Settlement Scheme application, you can contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre online.
What should I do after applying?
You should let us know that you have submitted an application and, when you receive the decision, you can go online to view and prove your immigration status. You can generate a Checking Code, which you then need to share with firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Useful Resources and Contact Details
- Gov UK
- Gov UK – step by step
- EU Settlement Resolution Centre
- You can also contact the Student Life Team (email@example.com)
I have started a course at UEA in September 2020, but I have been studying online from outside the UK. Can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?
I have started a course in September 2020 and have been at UEA. Due to Covid-19, I have now returned to study from home for the rest of the term. Can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?
What is the difference between settled and pre-settled status?
You can find out more about what settled and pre-settled status means on Gov.uk.
Can my family members apply?
Your family members may be eligible to apply. You can find out more information and whether your family is eligible to apply on Gov.uk.
My course at UEA starts after 31st December 2020. Can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?
If you have previously been a resident of the UK but are currently overseas, you may be eligible to apply, along with your family members. You can find out more information and whether your family is eligible to apply on Gov.uk.
If you have not previously lived in the UK and will not be moving here until after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for a Student visa.
I am an Irish citizen – do I need to apply?
Irish citizens will continue to have the same rights to study and work in the UK as before. The vast majority of Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme in order to study and work in the UK. However, if you have family or dependants who are not Irish or British citizens, there might be circumstances where it makes sense to apply. You should seek specialist legal advice if that is the case.