Staying in Scotland as a European Economic Area (EEA) National

EU citizens living in the UK and their non UK family members will need to consider applying under the new settlement scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status following Brexit.

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If you’re an EU citizen living in Scotland, you and your family will need to apply to the EU Settlement if you wish to continue living and/or working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019 and the deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.

If you are successful you’ll either be given settled status or pre-settled status.

Settled status will be awarded if you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020 and lived in the UK for a continuous 5 year period known as “continuous residence”. You will only need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once if you get settled status.

If you have settled status, you can:

  • stay in the UK for as long as you like;
  • apply for British citizenship, if you’re eligible;
  • work in the UK;
  • use the NHS;
  • enrol in education or continue studying;
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them; and
  • travel in and out of the UK.

You can also bring close family members to the UK after 31 December 2020 if both of the following apply:

  • your relationship with them began before 31 December 2020
  • you are still in the relationship when they apply to join you

If you do not have 5 years’ continuous residence, you’ll usually get ‘pre-settled status’ instead and you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.

How to apply

You’ll be able to complete the application form online using any device (for example, an Android or iPhone). You’ll be able to get support over the phone or in person if you need help doing things online.

You’ll only need an Android phone or tablet if you want to scan your identity document - you can send it by post if you do not have access to one.

When you apply, you’ll need proof of:

  • your identity;
  • your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document, or valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK;
  • your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU; and
  • a recent digital passport photo.

Fees

On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:

  • £65 if you’re 16 or over
  • £32.50 if you’re under 16

It’ll be free to apply if:

  • you have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK and want to change this to settled status
  • you have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ 
  • you’re applying from April 2019 to move from pre-settled status to settled status
  • you’re a child in local authority care