What EU Settlement Scheme is, how to apply and how to get help with identity verification

The deadline for most people to apply was 30 June 2021. 

You can still apply if that deadline did not apply to you, or you have reasonable grounds' for why you did not apply by the deadline.

If you're an EU citizen living in the UK, you must have applied to continue living lawfully in the UK, even if you have lived in the UK most of your life. 

If you're applying for yourself and your children, make your own application first.

If you've already started to apply, you can continue your application.

Get advice and guidance

Community advice centres

Extra support is available from these community advice centres:

You'll need to contact the centres directly.

Your rights with settled or pre-settled status

You'll be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS for free, if you can now
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you're eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

View and prove your immigration status

You can view your immigration status online on GOV.UK.

You can use this service to:

  • get a share code' to prove your status to others, for example employers
  • update personal details in your UK Visas and Immigration account, for example your passport number or email address
  • check what rights you have in the UK, for example the right to work, rent or claim benefits

Identity verification appointments and advice

If you still need to apply, you can make an appointment to verify your ID.

Email EUsettlementverification@bristol.gov.uk to arrange an appointment or to ask for further advice.

Appointments are at the Citizen Service Point, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6AG

At your appointment you will need:

  • your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive an email
  • an email address

Each person and  family member needs to attend the appointment in person with their passports so that we can verify them.


Verification of documents is free.

It is free to have your documents verified and then to apply to the scheme.

What happens next

It usually takes around 5 working days for applications to be processed, but it can take longer.

Your application is likely take longer to process if:

  • we need to request more information from you
  • you're applying as a minor and your application is not linked to an adult
  • you submit a paper application
  • you have a relevant criminal record
  • you're a non-EEA or non-Swiss citizen and are applying based on a relationship you haven't relied on in a previous application to the Home Office

If your application is successful

The Home Office will email you a link to an online service that you can use to view and prove your status.

If your application is unsuccessful

You may be able to apply for an administrative review of the decision.

Specialist help from the Official Settlement Resolution Centre 0300 123 7379


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