Fully open by 30 March 2019, the proposed deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme applications will be 30 June 2021. However, it is important to note if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline shall be brought forward to 31 December 2020.
Additionally, as per the Prime Minister’s announcement on 21 January 2019, there shall be no fee for applications. Anyone who has already applied or applies and pays a fee during the test phases will have their fees refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.
If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:
- £65 if you’re 16 and over
- £32.50 if you’re under 16
Applications are free if you already have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ or you already have ‘indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK’. It is important to note that the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. Successful applicants will be granted either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for.
When you apply you’ll need proof of:
- Your identity
- Your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document / valid ‘indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK’
- Your relationship to your family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU
If you’re from outside the EU, you’ll be able to use:
- Valid passport
- Biometric residence card
- Biometric residence permit
For more information on how the EU Settlement Scheme will affect you and our fees, come along to one of our drop in services. These are held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm (Bolton), and Fridays between 10am – 1:30pm (Preston). There is a £24 charge for the consultation.
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