EU settlement scheme
In the run-up to the UK leaving the European Union (EU), the EU settlement scheme is now open.
Who can apply?
The following groups of people who are residents in the UK can apply under the settlement scheme
- EU citizens
- citizens of Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland (non-EU EEA citizens)
- Swiss citizens
- eligible family members of all of the above - see Home Office guidance for details of eligible family members
- eligible family members of British citizens who have exercised a right to reside in another EU country - see Home Office guidance for details of eligible family members.
If you are coming to UWE Bristol to study before 31 October 2019, you will be able to apply for settlement once you are a resident in the UK.
Who cannot apply?
You cannot use the online service to apply to the scheme if you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you’re applying as:
- the family member of a British citizen you lived with in Switzerland or an EU or EEA country that is not the UK
- the family member of a British citizen who also has EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
- the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who used to live and work in the UK, and you’re in education - or you’re the child’s primary carer.
Call the EU Settlement Resolution Centre to find out how to apply. You’ll be asked a few questions over the phone before you are sent the application form.
Applicants will need evidence of their residence in the UK if they choose to apply at this time.
Applicants who have a National Insurance number, will have work records automatically accessed as part of the application and they will be used to calculate your length of residence.
Other evidence may be requested which can include letters from education and healthcare providers - see Home Office information about the EU settlement scheme for examples of evidence and full details of how the application process works.
How to apply
To apply you will either submit an online form and use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app for Android devices to upload documents or complete the online form and then go in person for identity checks. If identity documents are sent in they will be checked and sent back to you.
A paper form is available but should only be used in exceptional circumstances.
There is no application fee.
Based on the experience of UWE Bristol staff, the process is straightforward with the main difficulty being that the app currently only works on Android devices.
You can use someone else’s Android phone to prove your identity. You can also visit one of the organisations offering to scan your document for you. You’ll need to book an appointment and you may have to pay a fee.
The ‘ID Document Check’ app will be available for iPhone by the end of 2019.
If your application is successful, you will be granted settled status, or indefinite leave, if you have been in the UK for a period of five years.
If you have been in the UK for under five years, or cannot prove that you have been a resident for five years, you will be granted pre-settled status or limited leave. This can be converted to settled status once five years of residence is completed.
Help with making an application
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have published detailed information on the EU settlement scheme, which answers most questions.
Current students can also make contact with UWE Bristol's Immigration Advice Team. The daily drop-in sessions run from 10:30-12:00 (Monday to Friday) and 14:00-15:30 (Monday to Thursday) in Room P24, Frenchay Campus. Students can also get in touch with our Immigration Advisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.