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EU Settlement Scheme

Advice for residents

The deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme has passed but late applications can still be made. EU Citizens should apply to the scheme to ensure that they can continue to live in the UK. If you have already applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you do not need to apply again.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status that you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means that you continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements

Who is eligible to apply?

People that meet the following criteria can apply for the scheme:

  • You’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and you started living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • You’re the dependent family member (i.e. parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020

People, including children, that meet these criteria can apply to the scheme, and it is one application per person, not one application for each household.

When can I apply?

The scheme remains open for late applications. Applicants only need to complete four key steps – prove their identity, show that they live in the UK, declare any criminal convictions, and evidence why it is a late application.

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Support with your application

We are partnering with Citizens Advice to reach out to those who need more support to apply for the scheme. Citizens Advice can offer information and advice if you have any questions about the application, as well as provide access to a computer if you need help getting online.

If you need support, get in touch with any of the contacts below:

  • North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice –, 01452 527 202 – for those based in Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury districts
  • Stroud and Cotswolds Citizens Advice – Paul Lock,, 0808 800 0510 – for those based in the Stroud and Cotswold districts

Advice for businesses and employers

The EU Settlement Scheme allows your employees and their close family members to continue to live and work in the UK.

Using the scheme will mean that they are eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions and British citizenship, if they want to apply and meet the requirements.

The government's employer toolkit contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters to help explain the scheme to your employees.

Advice for the voluntary and community sector

The government's community leader toolkit equips local authorities and community groups with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

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