EU Settlement Scheme: The Merit Guide

At Merit, we are determined to ensure that all our current and future candidates are adequately informed about applying to the EU settlement scheme. With all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we understand that many EU citizens feel unsure and confused about their future in the UK. Therefore we have put together a simple guide to applying to the EU Settlement Scheme as per the government specification. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding settlement in the UK, please contact one of the team on 01256 471 508 or email


The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens and their family members to continue to live, work and study in the UK. It continues individuals’ eligibility for Public Services, Public Funds & Pensions and British Citizenship.


30th March 2019: Date at which EU Settlement Scheme fully opens.

31st December 2020: All EU citizens and their family members must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to remain in the UK beyond this date.

30th June 2021: The date until which all EU citizens and their family members are able to apply, given that they are a resident in the UK by 31st December 2020.


  • EU citizens
  • Non-EU family members of EU citizens
  • If you have lived in UK for more than 5 continuous years: eligible for settled status
  • If you have lived in UK for less than 5 continuous years: eligible for pre-settled status
  • Children born or adopted after 31 December 2020 will have their rights protected
  • Must not have deportation order, exclusion order, exclusion decision or removal decision against you


  • STEP 1 – Completing the application
  • The individual must provide basic factual information including name, address and ID numbers.
  • The EU Exit: ID Document Check app can be used in this process


  • STEP 2 – Verifying proof of identity
  • Identity can be verified by scanning a biometric passport, biometric EU national ID card or biometric residence card using the EU Exit: ID Document check app. B This is only possible on Android devices – individuals may use a friend or family member’s device to complete this stage.
  • Alternatively, identity can be verified by sending an Identity Document to the Home Office by post and uploading a photo to the app or the online application.


  • STEP 3 – Verifying proof of residence
  • Providing a National Insurance Number
  • If the individual does not have a NIN, other documentation may be used


  • STEP 4 – Criminality Check
  • Declare any criminal convictions
  • Only serious or persistent criminality will affect the application


  • STEP 5 – Payment
  • £65.00: application fee for adults
  • £32.50: application fee for children under 16
  • Free: If valid permanent residence OR indefinite leave to remain is already obtained, or applying to move from pre-settled status to settles status.


For more info and to read the full government guide, please click here.

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