EU Settlement Scheme – what is it?

The Home Office EU Settlement Scheme has been designed to provide EU citizens and their families with a route to living and working in the UK beyond 31 December 2020.

Whether the UK makes a deal with the EU or not, EU citizens living in the UK before the agreed date of departure will be able to apply to stay in the UK via the EU Settlement Scheme.

Applying to the scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open to all EEA citizens meeting the eligibility criteria.

EEA citizens will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply for their settled or pre-settled status.

The links below provide all the information that you need to complete an application.

On 25 March 2019 the government launched a national marketing campaign to encourage EU citizens in the UK to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Full details of the campaign can be found on the government website.

The process for EU citizens

You will need to follow three simple steps when making your application:

• confirm your identity
• demonstrate that you live in the UK
• declare that you have no serious criminal convictions


If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. In the event of a no deal, the deadline for applications will be 31 December 2020. Applications are free of charge.

For those EU staff who already have a valid permanent residence document, you will be able to exchange it for pre-settled or settled status for free.

Those with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK or have British or Irish citizenship do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The University 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 or Clare Stephens, our International Staff Adviser, on hr-international-adviser-staff@bristol.ac.uk


EU Settlement Scheme Pilot – application fee refunds

If you paid a fee when you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you will 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 eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk.

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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