Who should apply?The scheme is open to nationals from the EU, EEA and Switzerland and their family members. This means that you can apply if you are a national of any of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you are a citizen of Britain, the Republic of Ireland, or, if you have indefinite leave to enter and/or remain in the UK then you do not have to apply.
Settle and pre-settled statusAll EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their non-European family members who reside in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 are able to apply for settled or pre-settled status. If you have been in the UK for five years or more, you should be granted settled status. Settled status allows an individual to live and work in the UK indefinitely and will be lost only once an individual has been absent from the UK for five years. If you have been in the UK for less than five years, you should be granted pre-settled status. This can be converted to settled status at the five-year point, provided that you have not had excessive absences from the UK during the five-year period.
How to applyThe application process is straightforward. You can apply online at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families by completing two steps: 1) Prove your identity You can verify your identity by scanning the passport and uploading a selfie to an app. You can also send the documents required to verify your identity by post or get the documents scanned in person at an application centre. See www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-assisted-digital-service/eu-settlement-scheme-assisted-digital-service for further details, including a list of locations where you can get your documents scanned. 2) Complete an application form The online form will automatically search the HM Revenue and Customs and Department for Work and Pensions databases to establish continuous residence. There will be an opportunity for you to upload further evidence of residence where there are gaps in these databases, to allow you every opportunity to establish continuous residence. If you need additional information or support about the application process, you can contact the EU settlement resolution centre. Details are available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-applicant-information. Do you need to be in the UK to apply? You do not have to be in the UK to apply and can submit your application from outside the UK. You are still able to travel outside the UK while the application is in progress.
Application deadlinesThe settlement scheme will be available for individuals residing in the UK on or before 31 December 2020. The UK Government has provided a deadline for submitting an application of 30 June 2021. However, these dates may change and you should check www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families for the latest information. It is important that you complete the necessary formalities in a timely manner and that you are aware of the support available from Focused. Please contact our customer care team if you have any questions or concerns.
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