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:
- Brexit update
- Getting settled
- Applying for the scheme
- Support in Kirklees
- Guidance for employers
- Events and workshops
- Improving your English
- Key information
Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
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Find out more about the scheme in your language
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.
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.
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.
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.