This article provides important updates on the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), including: New information for pre-settled status holders on what will happen to their status when it is due to expire.
Home Office plans to introduce automatic switching from pre-settled to settled status. As such, it’s all the more important that all EUSS holders must keep their contact and passport/national identity card details up to date.
Pre-settled status will be automatically extended by 2 years before it is due to expire
The Home Office is making new arrangements where a person who holds pre-settled status is approaching the current expiry date of that status. This will not impact you if you already have settled status or have since become a British citizen.
From September 2023, pre-settled status holders who have not yet obtained settled status and are approaching the current expiry date of their pre-settled status will have that status automatically extended by 2 years. This will ensure that no current pre-settled status holder will lose their immigration status because they have not made a second application to the EUSS. They will also retain their pre-settled status beyond its current expiry date where they have made a second application to the EUSS and are awaiting its outcome.
Pre-settled status holders will be automatically granted this 2-year extension before their status was originally due to expire if they have not yet obtained settled status. They do not need to contact the Home Office about this extension. It will be automatically reflected in their digital status and they will be notified once it has been applied.
If you hold pre-settled status and have now been living continuously in the UK for at least 5 years, then this change does not stop you making a further EUSS application to switch to settled status, and we would encourage you to do so as soon as you are eligible. You can apply for settled status at any time, for free, at https://www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme. If you’re looking for advice on the Settled Status, please book a telephone, online or office consultation with Citizen Lawyer.
Settled status is the easiest way to demonstrate the right to live in the UK indefinitely. You can find out more about applying it at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/switch-from-presettled-status-to-settled-status.
Plans for pre-settled status holders to have their status switched to settled status automatically, where the Home Office holds the information to do this
In addition to the automatic 2-year extension of pre-settled status, the Home Office also plans to take steps during 2024 to start to automatically switch as many eligible pre-settled status holders as possible to settled status without them needing to make an application. Automated checks of pre-settled status holders against government-held information would check for example their ongoing continuous residence in the UK.
A further, more detailed update will be provided before this process is launched. This will not affect you if you already hold settled status or have since become a British citizen.
In the meantime, whether you have pre-settled or settled status, you should continue to use the view and prove service to demonstrate your rights. You can access this at https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.
If you hold pre-settled status and have been living continuously in the UK for at least 5 years, then you do not need to wait for updates on automation. Eligible pre-settled status holders can apply for settled status at any time, for free, at https://www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme.
Keep your contact and document details up to date
If you hold pre-settled or settled status, it is extremely important that you keep your contact information, such as your email address, up to date, to ensure you receive any updates or information on your EUSS status. You can do this quickly and easily:
|By using the ‘Update your UK Visas and Immigration account details’ service at https://www.gov.uk/update-uk-visas-immigration-account-details or By signing in and using the ‘update details’ function of the View and Prove service at https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.|
Updating the Home Office when you are issued a new passport or (for EU, other EEA or Swiss citizens) national identity card through the same links will also help you to avoid unnecessary delays at the border when travelling internationally.
Travelling to or from the UK
When travelling to or from the UK, we recommend you travel using the document you used to apply to the EUSS. Before you travel on a different document, you should update your UKVI account to add that document at https://www.gov.uk/update-uk-visas-immigration-account-details.
For example, if you applied using your passport and you are planning to travel using your national identity card, you should ensure that both documents are linked to your account. If you have not received confirmation before you travel that details of your new document have been successfully updated, you should, where possible, also carry the document with which you applied to the EUSS, to avoid unnecessary delays at the border.
Visa nationals with pre-settled or settled status should always continue to travel with their in-date biometric residence card.
If you have become a British citizen since you were granted settled status, you must use either a valid British passport, or a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode which can be placed in a valid foreign passport, when re-entering the UK following overseas travel.
Further information and support
You can find further information on the EUSS, including the support available in applying to switch to settled status, at https://www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme. If you’re looking for advice on the Settled Status, please book a telephone, online or office consultation with Citizen Lawyer.