EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settled and Pre-Settled Status

EEA citizens who were resident in the UK before 1 January 2021, and who could demonstrate this, were able to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Holding settled or pre-settled status enables EEA citizens to continue to live, work and study in the UK. The general closing date for making applications was 30 June 2021, but the Home Office will consider late applications in certain circumstances.

Please contact our immigration team if you are an EEA citizen wishing to make a late application, or are a non-EEA family member who wishes to join a relative in the UK.

Settled status

EEA citizens and their qualifying family member(s) who have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years may be able to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

In order to be eligible for ILR, the applicant must have been resident in the UK for a continuous five-year period.

Pre-settled status

Whilst the general closing date for EEA citizens to make an application for pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may have passed, late applications may be accepted in certain cases.

Pre-settled status, also known as limited leave to remain, can be converted to settled status after five years.

Contact us

We have considerable experience in preparing  EU Settlement applications. If you would like to discuss matters further, please contact Charles Green, Consultant Partner, at

Consultant Partner - Immigration