EU Settlement Scheme


The UK Government's EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens to continue to study, work and live in the UK post-Brexit.

The UK has now formally left the EU. We are now in a transition period until 31 December 2020, while the EU and UK negotiate their future relationship.  During the transition period, free movement continues which means that EU/EEA nationals will still be able to enter the UK until 31 December 2020. As long as you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020 the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to remain resident in the UK is 30 June 2021.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to apply for either settled or pre-settled status.

Settled status:

You will be eligible to apply to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status) if by 31 December 2020, you have been continually living in the UK for 5 years. If you have had absences from the UK during the 5 year period of up to 6 months, or one period of up to 12 months in specific circumstances including serious illness or study, you can still apply for the scheme.

Pre-settled status:

You will be eligible to apply for limited leave to remain in the UK (known as pre-settled status) if you arrive by 31 December 2020, but have not yet have been continuously living in the UK for 5 years. This enables you to stay until you have reached the 5-year threshold, after which time you will be eligible to apply for settled status.


The rights of Irish citizens residing in the UK are protected under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.