The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS for short) is for EU, EEA* or Swiss citizens who wish to continue to live, work and study in the UK after 30 June 2021. You do not need to apply to the scheme if you are an Irish Citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

The rights and status of EU citizens will remain the same until 30 June 2021.

*The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

This page will cover the following topics to provide information about the EU Settlement Scheme, and to support you in completing your application or referring someone else:

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

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Apply to the scheme

Find out more about the scheme in your language

Brexit update

The United Kingdom left the European Union 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period while negotiations take place, this will end 1 January 2021.

The rights of the UK and EU citizens during this time will remain the same.

For more information visit our Brexit page.

Getting settled

If you have made a home here in Kirklees and you are living, working or studying here, it is important that you apply to the EUSS to protect your rights in the UK.

Equally, if you know anyone who should apply for the EUSS, make sure they know about the scheme and point them in the direction of the support available.

More information about who should apply is available on GOV UK

Settled and pre-settled status

If accepted you will receive either 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status. If you have lived in the UK continuously for a five-year period you are likely to receive settled status.

If you have not lived in the UK continuously for five years, you may receive pre-settled status - providing you moved to the UK before 31 December 2020. Pre-settled status allows you to live and work in the UK for a further five years, you can then apply for settled status.

Applying for the scheme

View step by step on how to apply for the EU settlement scheme.

Citizens Advice offer further information on the application process as well as where to go for digital support.

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The length of the process

Waiting for a decision can be daunting but do not worry if you do not hear something straight away. It usually takes around five days for an application to be reviewed and for a decision to be made. However, it can take up to a month.

The cost

Applying to the scheme is free. If you applied to the scheme before Brexit and paid a fee, you can be refunded .

Support in Kirklees

For most people the application process is straightforward, but for others it can be more complicated. If you or someone you know is having difficulties with the application process, then Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC) may be able to help.

All of their advice is free and they may be able to offer guidance and support through the application process. If you or someone you know would like support with the application call 0344 848 7970, or use the contact form on their website.

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre has plenty of useful information and details about how to get help with the EU Settlement Scheme and many other issues.

Guidance for employers

If you employ any migrant workers then it is vital you know about the EU Settlement Scheme, although the scheme is for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, those who are related to EU citizens can apply too.

GOV UK explains what the scheme means to you as an employer, provides helpful resources for communicating the scheme and gives advice on how to support your employees.

Kirklees Citizen Advice and Law Centre can offer 1:1 support with the application. If you know someone that needs support with their application visit Support in Kirklees

Events and workshops

For those who work alongside EU citizens and others who are eligible for the scheme, having an insight into the application process and common difficulties faced, will play a big part in ensuring everyone that needs to sign up to the scheme has applied. Check back here for regular updates on upcoming events and workshops to learn about the EUSS.

Improving your English

Learning a new language can be difficult, especially when you have other things to do. But, having a good level of English could give you access to better opportunities in the UK.

Better levels of English could give you more confidence in your daily life. It may open doors to try new activities, and enhance your career opportunities.

Kirklees Welcome Hubs

For support and advice in learning English, as well as building existing skills, visit This Way for English or drop-in at one of their hubs to find out more, everyone is welcome.

This Way for English hubs offer advice and guidance on many issues, come along and say hello if there is anything we can help with.

Location Day and time
Batley Library Monday 10am-12pm
Dewsbury Library Tuesday 1pm-5pm
Huddersfield Library Wednesday 9am-1pm
Greenwood Centre Thursday 1pm-5pm
Welcome Mentors

The Welcome Mentor programme has been developed to offer a volunteer support/befriending service to help reduce some of the barriers and alleviate the feeling of isolation for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Kirklees.

Visit Welcome Mentors to find out how you can get involved.

Key information

Are you struggling to provide proof of residence for the last five years? Some applicants may have difficulties because bills and bank accounts are in their partner's name, however this should not be a problem.

  • You can find examples of what you can use as proof of residence on GOV UK
  • If for example, documents are in your partner's name and you cannot find other forms of proof, the Home Office will work with the evidence you do have to confirm the time you have lived in the UK. Contact them when completing the application if you are unsure.
  • Elke has lived in the UK for 50 years and was experiencing a similar issue.

You can still apply for the scheme even if you have not lived in the UK for five years.

  • If you do not have five years' continuous residence when you apply, you will usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
  • You can stay in the UK for a further five years from the date you get pre-settled status.
  • You can then apply for settled status once you have five years' continuous residence.

If you will have reached five years' continuous residence at some point before 31 December 2020, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach five years' continuous residence.

  • This means that if your application is successful, you will get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status first.