EU Settlement Scheme FAQ’s
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who was resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family members (including children and non-EU citizens) need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
You must apply by the 30 June 2021.
Even if you have lived in the UK for many years or you have a UK permanent residence document you still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
None EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 also need to apply.
You do not need to apply if you are an Irish citizen or if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can if you want to.
The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you need to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021 This status means you can continue to be eligible for:
- public services, such as healthcare and schools
- public funds and pensions
- British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply
Who needs to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?
Except in a few cases, you need to apply if:
- you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen (The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
- you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is (or is an eligible person of Northern Ireland)
- you were born in the UK but are not a
- you have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
- you are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply - including if they’re from Ireland
- you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
What will happen if I don’t apply?
If you do not apply by 30 June 2021 you could become unlawfully resident in the UK and in breach of UK immigration laws. Your right to work, use the NHS and access public funds such as benefits will also be at risk.
Please see links below to the EUSS videos in various languages produced to promote awareness of the deadline and encourage people to apply for the settlement scheme.
There are also leaflets in English and EU languages which can be collected from Sir Henry Mitchell House or Margaret McMillan Tower. Please contact
Amy.Petschak@bradford.gov.uk to arrange collection.