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Brexit: EU Settlement Scheme
The United Kingdom (UK) has left the European Union (EU). The EU settlement scheme details the rights EU, EEA and Swiss nationals have to stay in the UK after the 31 December 2020, which marks the end of the transitional period.
What you need to know
The EU Settlement Scheme was created to allow EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who lived in the UK before the 31 December 2020 permission to remain here without having to apply for a visa under the Points-Based System. The Scheme is divided into two routes; settled and pre-settled status.
If you can prove that you have lived in the UK for five years or longer when you apply for the settlement scheme, you will apply for settled status; if successful, you can continue to live in the UK for as long as you want. You can use a National Insurance number, a letter from your university or employer, or a number of different documents as evidence for how long you have lived in the UK.
If you have lived in the UK for fewer than five years, you will apply for pre-settled status, which means that, if successful, you will be allowed to stay in the UK for five years, including the time you have already spent here. When these five years have passed, you can apply for settled status.
If you lived in the UK before the 31 December 2020, but you do not apply for settled or pre-settled status by the 30 June 2021, you will have no right to continue to live, study or work in the UK. Once your status has been confirmed, there are rules about how long you can be away from the UK before it expires.
You arrived in the UK before the end of the transitional period
All EU, EEA and Swiss nationals must apply for settlement by a set date, currently the 30 June 2021. The application process is online and is quick and easy to complete once you have gathered your paperwork.
Those who are due to graduate in June 2021 may want to apply under the EU settlement scheme, as this will allow you to continue to live here after graduation. It will also allow you to return to the UK in the future to continue your studies, live or work, as long as you are not away from the UK for longer than permitted.
If you came to the UK before the 31 December 2020 and intend to continue your studies at AUB beyond June 2021, you must apply for settled or pre-settled status as soon as possible. If you don’t, you will not be allowed to continue your studies at AUB after the end of June 2021.
You arrived in the UK after the end of the transitional period
EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK after the end of the transitional period and intend to study here, must apply for a visa under the Points-Based System. The Student Route will allow you to study at AUB for the length of your course, and you may be able to extend your visa if you decide to complete a further course. You can read more about the Student visa and studying at AUB here.
If you want to complete a course that is shorter than six months, you can do so on a Visitor Visa.
When to apply
The EU Settlement Scheme will only remain fully open until 30 June 2021, so if you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, in most cases, you must apply now. You can also apply now if you are a family member of someone from the EU, and you have a residence card with a biometric chip and ‘EU right to reside’ on the back.
UKCISA have a useful guide on the EU Settlement Scheme that includes information on exemptions to this rule.
How to apply
The application process is fully online. The easiest way to complete stage 1 of the application is to download the EU Exit: ID Document Check app and use this to scan your passport and take a photograph of yourself. If you are not able to download the app, you can either send your documents by post or visit a centre that offers ID document scanning. The closest one to Bournemouth is in Southampton.
Stage 2 of the application process can be completed on any device.
This video walks you through the application process step-by-step.
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 immigration status.
A new guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens on viewing and proving their immigration status (eVisa) has been published. It explains how customers can view and prove their immigration status, update their details, what they should expect when crossing the UK border and how to get help accessing their immigration status.
It is important that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members keep their personal details up to date and inform the Home Office if their travel document changes, using the View and Prove service.
The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to continue to live in the UK after the end of the Brexit transitional period. There are two options; settled and pre-settled status, depending on how long you have lived in the UK.
Yes, if your course finishes after the 30 June 2021 you must apply. If your course finishes before this date, you may still want to apply if you think you will want to study further in the UK or work here in the future.
No, they do not as they are protected under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply under the scheme. Nonetheless, Irish citizens can make an application under the scheme, should they wish to do so.
Permanent residence documents will not be a valid proof of residence after December 2020 so you will still need to apply for settled status even if you have previously applied for the permanent residence permit. You will not have to prove you have been resident in the UK for 5 years or more if you have a permanent residence document.
If you have been awarded British citizenship, you are not required to apply for settled status.
No, your indefinite leave to remain will continue to be valid after the end of the transition period and there is no need for you to apply for settled status. However, if you do apply for settled status it means you will be able to live outside the UK for periods of up to 5 years without your settled status lapsing (indefinite leave to remain lapses after an absence of 2 years or more).
No, applications are free. Those who applied while the scheme was in its test phase and paid a fee, received a refund.
The app needed to apply for settlement is available on iOS (iPhone model 7 and above) and Android devices. You can download the app by going to the Apple Store or Google Play store and searching ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’.
Please note, the device you are using needs to be equipped with NFC (near field communication) for the app to work.
Applicants must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity. You can use someone else’s device to complete this initial step of the application – the rest of the application can then be completed on that device or any smartphone, laptop or computer. If you cannot use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app it is possible to visit a centre that offers ID document scanning. The one closest to Bournemouth is in Southampton.
If you live in the UK for five years or more continuously* you should be eligible for settled status. If you have lived in the UK for less than five years, you should be eligible for pre-settled status, which you can then apply to have changed to settled status once you have hit the 5-year mark. You can read more about settled and pre-settled status here.
* Continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you have been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12-month period, except for:
- one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
- compulsory military service of any length
- time you spent abroad as a Crown servant, or as the family member of a Crown servant
- time you spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces
If you have had an absence that has broken your continuous residence you can still apply for pre-settled status and after reaching 5 years of unbroken continuous residence you can then apply for settled status. If you have been resident here for 5 years continuously in the past you could rely on that historic period of residence in a settled status application, provided you have not been absent for a continuous period of 2 years since then.
Yes, you will. EU citizens who enter the UK to live here before 11pm (midnight CET) on 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who arrive to live here after this time will be treated as visa nationals and will need immigration permission in order to remain or return to the UK. For students this means applying under the Student Route for courses longer than six months.
No, you do not.
Yes, but only if you need to cover the period until your settled or pre-settled status is confirmed. You can read more about your rights in the UK as a settled or pre-settled EU/EEA/Swiss citizen here.
The Home Office will use your HMRC or DWP records (if applicable) to confirm how long you have been in the UK. If these records do not match the length of time you have actually lived in the UK, you will need to provide additional evidence of your residence. Photos or scans of documents can be uploaded as evidence of your UK residence. See here for information on the types of evidence that may be acceptable.
You will be granted a digital status; the Home Office will store this electronically. Once you receive your status, details will be provided on how to access it on GOV.UK. This will enable you to prove your rights to others online, including the university, employers and landlords. Further information will be emailed to you, so it is important that you use an email address you will continue to have access to (NOT your university email).
Yes, as part of enrolment or re-enrolment, or on request.
Yes, it will lapse if you are absent from the UK for five consecutive years. Pre-settled status will lapse after an absence of two consecutive years (similar to restrictions on indefinite leave to remain).