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

If you are coming to UWE Bristol to study before 31 December 2020, 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 EUEEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EUEEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship
  • the primary carer of a British, EUEEA or Swiss citizen
  • the child of an EUEEA 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.

You can use someone else’s 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.

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. 

Due to the current circumstances, as of 23 March 2020 the Immigration Advice Service is now closed for face-to-face drop-in sessions and appointments.

Immigration Advisers can be contacted for appointments and advice by email: or by telephone: 0117 328 3871

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