With the June 30th deadline for obtaining settled or pre-settled status fast approaching, many people are now submitting their EUSS applications. Over the last few months, we have been supporting many individuals with the application process. In this post, we’ve pulled together some of the most commonly asked questions. If you still can’t find the answer to your question contact us! Our qualified advisors are on hand to help with any issues you may face.
Can I apply for settled status if I don’t have a passport?
Yes, if you are an EEA Citizen you can apply for settled status using an ID card which often have to be sent by post to EU Settlement Scheme to be verified. This usually takes around three weeks. The fastest way to submit an application is with a valid passport.
What should I do if my application is refused?
If you’re application is refused, you can either contact us, or seek guidance from an immigration lawyer. Can you apply for settled or pre-settled status whilst abroad? If you are holding a biometric passport you can apply from anywhere in the world using the EU Exit ID Document Check app.
Do children need to apply for settled status?
Yes, even if the parents have been granted settled or pre-settled status, children must complete a application. When the parents have already have applied for settled status, they can use their 16-digit Unique Application Number (UAN) in their child’s application.
Do I need a National Insurance number to apply?
No, you can apply without a national insurance number although this may cause your application to take longer.
How do I know my application is complete?
When you have completed your application you will receive a Certificate of Application issued by the Home office in the form of a PDF. This will be sent to you via email.
Is there a deadline for applying?
Yes, the deadline for applying for EUSS is midnight on the 30th June 2021. You will need proof that you have been a resident of the UK from the 1st January 2021.
How long does processing a application take?
For EU citizens with a national insurance number, you will typically receive a decision between a week and a month of finishing the application. Applications for Non-EU citizens usually take around 2-3 months, however it can take up to 6 months.
How often must I be in the UK not to lose settled or pre-settled status?
For settled status you must visit the UK “for a few days” before the absence limit of 5 years is reached. Whereas with pre settled status is only lost through two years of absence from the UK. If you’re holding pre-settled status and wish to apply for settled status after your 5 years of residency in the UK, you must spend at least 6 months (this can be cumulatively or in one stretch) of 12 in the United Kingdom.
How will my settled status be confirmed?
You will receive confirmation via a email, as well as a digital status which will be stored electronically by the Home Office.
We hope these help clarify some common queries. If you couldn’t find what you were looking for or would like more information, contact us to speak to one of our qualified EUSS advisers. We encourage anyone looking for support in their application to get in touch.