The EU Settlement Scheme Explained

5 January 2021  •  Working Abroad
The EU Settlement Scheme Explained

As you may be aware, the UK left the EU on 31st December 2020 and consequently for EU citizens, the UK right to work entitlement and how you prove this has changed.

If you are an EU citizen and are living and working in the UK you need to apply for the EU settlement scheme.

What Is The EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement scheme is a type of Immigration permission designed for citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland (and their eligible family members) who are in the UK before the end of the transition period. The EU Settlement scheme will give you either ‘Settled status’ or ‘Pre-settled status’ in the UK.

How Do I Know If I Need Settled Or Pre-Settled Status?

The status you are granted is determined by the length of time you have resided in the UK; you’ll usually get settled status if you’ve lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’).

If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence when you apply, you’ll usually get pre-settled status.

Further information regarding what status you are entitled to and what this entails can be found here

Am I Eligible?

Anybody who has started living in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 is eligible for either settled or pre-settled status under the EU.

If you arrived in the UK on or after 1st January 2021 you will need to apply for a VISA under the new points-based immigration system, more information on this please click here.

How Do I Apply?

You can easily apply online, by clicking here

Once settlement status has been confirmed, you need to send this to us to verify and add to your file for future auditing purposes.

How Long Do I Have Left To Apply?

The deadline for applications is the 30th June 2021, although we would highly recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays, the scheme is completely free and very quick and easy to do.

Your compliance officer and consultant will be more than happy to support you with this as if you have not applied before the deadline will not be able to work on or after 1st July 2021.

We have provided below useful links that we believe will further support you with understanding and applying to the scheme:


If you require any further assistance with this, please do not hesitate to contact either your compliance officer or consultant.

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