EU Settlement Scheme – what is it?

The EU Settlement Scheme rolled out to all citizens of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland on 30th March 2019. If you are resident in the UK and wish to stay here after the end of the transition period, you must apply for permission under this route. It is now free to apply for this scheme.

Despite its name, the EU Settlement Scheme is not just for those who wish to permanently 'settle' in the UK. You must apply under this scheme if you wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transition period, even if only on a temporary basis. 

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to citizens of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who are resident in the UK.

In order to be eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, you must be resident in the UK by a specified date. The specified date depends on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal:

•If the withdrawal agreement is approved and the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the specified date will be 31 December 2020, which is the end of the transition period.

•If the withdrawal agreement is not approved, and the UK leaves the EU without a deal (a no-deal scenario) the specified date will be 12 April 2019.

For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit the GOV.UK webpages.

The University of Bristol will continue to offer support which will include answering queries on the Scheme where possible, advising on associated queries around citizenship and reimbursement of costs and arranging for assistance in the use of the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app to scan your document/send your photo with the use of the University Android devices.

If you need assistance or advice please contact Rachel Coggins, our International Staff Adviser, on

EU Settlement Scheme Pilot – application fee refunds

If you paid a fee when you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll receive a refund from HM Government after 30 March 2019. You do not need to do anything because your payment will be refunded automatically. The money you paid will be refunded to the card you used to pay the application fee.  

For more information about the reimbursement visit the GOV.UK webpages

In line with the above advice, if you were previously reimbursed this fee by the University this will be reclaimed from your August salary payment.   

EU Settlement Scheme - HM Government support

If you have any questions about making an application contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre:

0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) 

+44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK) 

Find out about call charges at GOV.UK/call-charges.

You can also ask a question using the online submissions form at

You can get Assisted Digital support to use the EU Settlement Scheme online application form if you are in the UK and do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form. If you need this kind of support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445 675 or texting the word "VISA" to 07537 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). You can find more information on this service at the GOV.UK webpages

EU Settlement Scheme

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Go to this GOV.UK webpage for further information on applying.

Child passports for ILR-approved EU citizens

Government information on applying for your child’s first British passport if your child was born after you were granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Fee reimbursement: update

Please see the update, left, explaining the process of fee reimbursement for the EU Settlement Scheme pilot.

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