How to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
If you're an EU citizen living in Scotland you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021.
If you do not apply to the scheme you may not be able to continue living or working in Scotland. Both adults and children need to apply.
Irish citizens and people with indefinite leave to remain do not have to apply.
EU citizens who came to live in Scotland from 1 January 2021
If you’re an EU citizen who started to live in Scotland from 1 January 2021 you’re not protected by the Withdrawal Agreement. You’re not eligible to apply to the EUSS. You must apply through the UK Government's immigration rules to live, work and study in Scotland.
Scottish Government support for EU citizens
You can read the First Minister's open letter to all EU citizens in Scotland.
It tells how much she values EU Citizens' contribution and urges people to stay in Scotland.
The Scottish Government has produced a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland. This package of support includes:
- a guide for EU citizens
- a guide for employers of EU citizens
- a factsheet
The government has also committed more than £1 million to supporting EU citizens in Scotland through:
- factsheets published by JustRight Scotland
- Citizens Advice Scotland's EU Citizens' Support Service
- Citizens' Rights Project briefing and outreach events
Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland runs a free national helpline as part of their EU Citizens' Support Service. You can get information, advice and support by calling the helpline on 0800 916 9847.
More information about Brexit available from Citizens Advice Scotland.
Citizens' Rights Projects
The Citizens' Rights Project organise online and face-to-face information sessions about the EU Settlement Scheme and EU citizens' rights after Brexit. These sessions are available in different languages and for citizens, employers, local councils, and third sector organisations).
Find information about Citizens' Rights Project events.
They have a team of trained, multilingual advisers that can support people with their EU Settlement Scheme applications.
You can contact them by text message, WhatsApp, or by phoning them on 07518926137. You can also email the Citizens Rights' Project at email@example.com.
If you're an employer and some of your staff are EU citizens, you should make sure they're aware of what they have to do to remain in the UK.
Any EU citizens living in the UK (except Irish citizens) will have to hold an immigration status if they want to keep living in the UK after 30 June 2021. This also applies to citizens from:
The UK Government also has an EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit, which gives employers the information they need to support their EU employees and help them and their families apply to the scheme.
The FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot site has the latest information and guidance to Scottish businesses with EU employees.
You can also check these websites for updates:
- GOV.UK - 'Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU' - a tool that asks for your personal situation and tells you what you need to apply for
- GOV.UK - settled status: step-by-step
- EU Settlement Scheme: community leaders toolkit - to help community groups give EU citizens advice on how to apply for settled status
- Citizen's Advice Scotland - Staying in the UK after Brexit
- Law Society of Scotland – if you need to find a private solicitor who specialises in immigration
- Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner – find an immigration adviser near you
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