How to complete your EU settlement scheme application ahead of the deadline

Natalia Wilkowskaon 29 June 2021
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The EU Settlement Scheme deadline is on Wednesday, 30 June. Here's our guide to making sure you submit yours!

The EU Settlement Scheme deadline is on Wednesday, 30 June. If you’ve left yours until the last minute, don’t worry because the application process isn’t as tricky as you might think. Here’s a guide to finishing your last minute application quickly and easily: 

What is the EU settlement status? 

Due to changes caused by Brexit, all non-British EU citizens now require settlement status to remain in the country. If your application is successful, your rights will remain unchanged. The government website provides detailed information about the process. Even non-British EU citizens born in the UK will need to apply, and you’re only eligible to apply if you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020. 

How to apply

The application process is simple, provided you have all the required documentation. It takes around 15-20 minutes to complete, but it’s worth getting your papers ready earlier to save time. The basis of the application is proving your identity and residence in the UK. The key documents to remember are your passport or national identity card and your National Insurance Number. 

Don’t worry if any of your documents have expired, as you can still use them to apply. You’ll also need a laptop or mobile phone to download the app and scan your documents. You have a few options for sending your application; the easiest is the online application, as you don’t even have to leave your home. Download the EU Exit: ID Document Check app on the App Store or Google Play and use it to scan your documents and upload your photo. If you’re not able to use the app, postal applications are acceptable too.

Why this deadline?

As Brexit happened a while ago, applications are due this week by Wednesday, 30 June 2021. But don’t panic; if you start now, you’ll still be able to meet the tight deadline. With adequate prep, it won’t even take half an hour out of your day.

If the deadline seems a bit overwhelming then don’t worry; you can make a late application for your EU Settlement under exceptional circumstances.

How much does it cost? 

Don’t worry about any fees, as the application is free. Moreover, the settlement status is a digital document, so there’s no need to travel anywhere to collect it. You can save both money and time! 

What’s next? 

According to the government website, it usually takes up to five working days to process your application. In some instances, it may take longer due to the high numbers of applicants, but as long as you’ve sent your application off, there’s nothing to worry about.

If your EU Settlement Scheme application is successful, you can continue living in the UK after the deadline. You’ll either receive settled status or pre-settled status, depending on how long you’ve lived in the country. You have to have spent at least five consecutive years in the country to automatically be granted settled status.

After receiving your settlement status, you’ll retain all of your existing rights, meaning you can legally live, work and study in the UK, use NHS services for free, and access public funds if you’re eligible for them. The status also allows you easy travel in and out of the UK, meaning less paperwork at the border.

Don’t waste your time; get started on your EU settlement application now. Afterwards, you can sit back and relax!

Natalia Wilkowskaon 29 June 2021