Advice for EU citizens


If you’re an EU citizen in the UK, we understand that this is a very stressful and worrying time for you. We’re doing everything we can to make the government change its policies through this campaign, but until that’s been achieved it is really important that you apply for Settled Status.

Go directly to the gov.uk website to start your application:

Apply now

Should I apply for settled status?

Yes, if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK it is crucial that you apply for settled status before the deadline. You need to apply even if:

  • You’ve lived in the UK a long time: No matter how many years you have lived in the UK, you still need to apply.
  • You were born in the UK: If you’re over the age of 18 and born in the UK, you still need to apply.
  • You have applied for permanent residence: If you have a permit for permanent residence but aren’t yet a UK citizen, you still need to apply.
  • You believe you’re ineligible: You can apply even if you’ve previously been rejected for permanent residence, as the Settled Status scheme is a less restrictive system.

Do children have to apply for settled status?

Yes, if you have children who are EU, EEA or Swiss citizen citizens, you need to make an individual application for each child for settled status. You need to apply even if:

  • your child was born in the UK,
  • your child goes to school in the UK, or:
  • you and/or your partner already have settled status.

How do I apply for settled status?

You’ll normally have to apply online via the gov.uk website, although in some cases you can apply via a paper form.

Find out which documents you need to apply
Start your application for Settled Status

How can I get help with my application?

It’s important to know that there is help available if you, or someone you know, struggles to apply for settled status.

UK Citizenship for EU Nationals (UKCEN) provides support and advice to EU nationals applying for settled status or permanent residence in the UK through their free, anonymous online forum. There are a growing number of qualified immigration lawyers involved, who regularly answer queries from members.


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A campaign by Another Europe is Possible, supported by JCWI.