EU citizens living in Scotland (and the rest of the UK) must have a valid immigration status. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to apply for immigration status under either the:
- EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- points-based immigration system
Find out more about the EUSS and the UK Government's point-based immigration system.
Irish citizens do not need leave to enter or stay in the UK. This is due to the Common Travel Area arrangement.
Late applications to EUSS
The deadline to apply to the EUSS was 30 June 2021. You can still apply to the EUSS if you:
- were living in the UK by the 31 December 2020 and
- have a good reason for applying late
Reasons for applying late
Whether or not the UK Government will consider your application depends on your reason for applying late.
For example, possible reasons could be if you:
- were under 18 years old
- had a serious medical condition
- had care or support needs and were unaware of the need to apply
This reason must have applied at the time of the deadline 30 June 2021.
You can check the guidance on late applications on GOV.UK.
Applying as a family member
You can apply as the family member of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein if all of these apply:
- they started living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- they have settled or pre-settled status, have applied and are waiting for a decision or are eligible for settled or pre-settled status
- you’re joining your family in the UK on or after 1 April 2021
Check how to apply to EUSS as a family member on GOV.UK.
If your application was successful
If your application was successful, you’ll have either:
- settled status
- pre-settled status
Check what status and rights you'll get on GOV.UK
If your application was refused
If the UK Government refuse your application they’ll explain their decision in a letter.
The letter will also say if you can appeal the decision. This is called an ‘administrative review’.
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