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EEA Applications

EU or EEA citizens can live, work and study in the UK without a visa. You may apply for a Permanent Residence in the UK. This is important if you wish to apply for British Citizenship.


You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021. The scheme fully opened on 30th March 2019. To apply, you must meet the requirements:

  • You’re from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland or a family member of someone from the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • You don't need to be in the UK to apply.
Decide when to apply

When it’s best for you to apply will depend on how long you’ve lived in the UK. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the deadline is 30th June 2021; alternatively, the deadline is 31st December 2020.

Resident in the UK for five years or more

You can apply at any time. You’ll usually get ‘settled status’. This allows you to live and work in the UK for as long as you like.

Resident in the UK for less than five years

You can apply straight away for 'pre-settled status'. This allows you to stay in the UK for five years from the date you get your status.

If you want to stay permanently:

Wait until you've lived in the UK for a total of 5 years and apply for settled status before the deadline.

Apply now for pre-settled status and apply again later for settled status when you've lived in the UK for a total of 5 years - this includes the time before you got pre-settled status.

If you stopped work because you were ill or injured or you’ve retired, you and your family might be able to get settled status even if you’ve lived in the UK for less than five years.

Gather your supporting documents

You will need the supporting documents before you start your application; this will save time.

Our experienced immigration adviser can help you understand your options as an EEA or Swiss national living in the UK. We can assist any UK residency application such as EEA Permanent Residence or EEA Family Permits. We are here to help if you are looking to settle in the UK, including becoming a British Citizen.

  • You get in touch with us by email or via Whatsapp, for a free initial needs assessment with an Immigration adviser.
  • We assess your circumstances and identify your options and whether we can help you. We give you a 100% guaranteed fixed fee.
  • If you accept the quotation, we set up a client file, and we arrange a full consultation and progress your case.
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