What is the EU Settlement Scheme and who can apply?
The EU Settlement Scheme is open to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members to enable them to protect their residency in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
Those who apply under the scheme will be granted either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. You should be granted settled status if you have lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period (see definitions below) by the time you apply.
If you do not have 5-years’ of continuous residence, you should be granted pre-settled status. If granted, you will be able to stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the issuance of pre-settled status. Once you meet the 5-years’ continuous residency you can apply for settled status.
If you have a ‘right of permanent residence document’ you must still apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. If you have Indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK you do not need to apply, but if you do you will be granted ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’ i.e. settled status and should have the rights connected to this status.