EU Settlement Scheme - FAQs

EU Settlement Scheme


Links to key areas of work regarding the EU Settlement scheme:


In the event of a No Deal:

On 6th December 2018, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union set out provisions for EU citizens and their family members in the UK in the event of a no deal outcome. You can read the policy document here and key information is below:

-        In the event of a no deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented, enabling EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis after we exit the EU as they do now. The scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019 as planned.

-        The Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and, as per the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance. A person will continue to be eligible for settled status under the scheme where they have been continuously resident in the UK for five years, and for pre-settled status (five years’ leave to remain) if they do not yet qualify for settled status. 

-        The EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding will continue as planned, providing organisations with funding to help ensure that EU citizens who need extra support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme are able to access it.

-        A proportionate approach will continue to be taken for those who miss the deadline for a good reason and allow them a reasonable further period in which to apply.

-        There would be some changes to the EU Settlement Scheme if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, which are set out in the policy document.  In particular, as there will be no agreed implementation period, the application deadline will be brought forward to 31 December 2020.

-        There will be different arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal, and details of these will be set out in due course.