Home Office EU Settlement Scheme – One year since the deadline  

Today is the anniversary of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application deadline, which for most people was 30 June 2021.  

Thank you for your support in helping our EU citizen friends and neighbours to secure the status they need to live and work in the UK.  

As of 9 June 2022, more than 6.4 million EUSS application have been received by the Home Office, and over 5.8 million grants of status have been made under this hugely successful scheme. A full breakdown of the statistics is available here on GOV.UK

New EUSS social assets available 

To support EUSS stakeholder organisations that may want to mark this moment, the Home Office have created a selection of new social media assets to share on your stakeholder communications channels, featuring a case study of an EU citizen who holds settled status. They can be accessed here on the Home Office Brandworkz platform. These reiterate priority messages, including on conversion from pre-settled to settled status, and the wide range of support available to individuals considering a late application. As ever, your support in sharing this content on your channels would be much appreciated. 

Key EUSS reminders  

  • Switching from pre-settled to settled status: Individuals with pre-settled status can apply to switch to settled status as soon as they are eligible. This is usually after they have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for five years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’). Note that it is the length of their continuous residence, and not the time elapsed since the grant of pre-settled status, which makes someone eligible for settled status.  To ensure they maintain their status in the UK, they need to apply for settled status or an extension of pre-settled status before their pre-settled status expires. To find out more visit GOV.UK.  
  • Support available: Support is still available to those who need help to make a late application to the scheme. Please help us reach these people by sharing the link to services across your channels www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme. Details of further Home Office telephone and Assisted Digital support can be found at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.   
  • Evidencing status in the UK: Status holders will have created a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account when they applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. They will use their UKVI account credentials to sign in to the online ‘view and prove’ service on GOV.UK, where they can access their immigration status (eVisa) and use it to evidence their rights. Further information about how individuals evidence their immigration status is available on GOV.UK.  
  • International travel and EUSS status: Non-EEA nationals who hold EUSS status and are a visa national (that is they are a national of a country which would mean they would normally require a visa to visit the UK) should always take their valid biometric residence card (BRC) with them when they travel internationally and to significantly reduce the risk of them being wrongly refused travel to the UK on the basis of their immigration status.  
  • Late applications: The deadline for most people to apply to the EUSS was 30 June 2021, but applicants may still be able to apply if their deadline to do so was after 30 June 2021 or there are ‘reasonable grounds’ for the delay in making an application. It is free to apply to the EUSS at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.  
  • Temporary protected rights: Eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who make a valid late EUSS application will have their rights in the UK temporarily protected until they receive the outcome of their EUSS application and of any administrative review or appeal. More information can be found on GOV.UK.  
  • Applying on behalf of children: An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should check if they need to make a late application on behalf of their children, even if they have already applied to the EUSS and been granted a status themselves. More information can be found on GOV.UK.   
  • Joining family members: There is no cut-off date for applications from eligible joining family members, who can join EU, EEA and Swiss citizens with EUSS status based on residence in the UK by 31 December 2020 at any point, provided they apply to the EUSS within three months of their arrival in the UK. Further information for joining family members is available here on GOV.UK.   

EUSS monthly statistics publication 

Lastly, pre-announced monthly summary EUSS figures will come to an end on 14 July 2022, with data up until 30 June 2022. Please note that this change is in the frequency of publication from monthly to quarterly; the detailed EUSS quarterly statistics will continue to provide updated information on the scheme, including monthly breakdowns of applications and conclusions.    

Thank you again for your continued support of the EUSS,  

To find out how the Home Office processes and uses personal data visit here on GOV.UK