EU Settlement Scheme

Please see below for information on the EU Settlement Scheme where you are not applying as a family member.

The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.  UKVI say you can still potentially apply only if either:

  • the deadline for you to apply is after 30 June 2021
  • you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline

See who may still be able to apply on the UKVI's EUSS webpages.


The deadline for making a pre-settled status or initial EU Settlement Scheme application for most people was 30 June 2021.  See the UKVI's EUSS webpages to understand if you are eligible to apply beyond that deadline.

You can still apply to switch from pre-settled status to settled status.

Applying for settled status

Settled status

If you have been living in the UK continuously for five or more years you will be eligible to apply for "settled status" under the EU Settlement Scheme. This includes those with gaps of up to 6 months in any 12 months period and / or one instance of up to 12 months absence for a specified reason, including study.

‘Settled status' (unless granted to Swiss citizens and their family members) will be lost after a continuous absence of more than five years from the UK and Islands (for Swiss citizens and family members under the EU settlement scheme this will be lost after a continuous absence of more than four years from the UK and Islands). 

If you have applied for pre-settled status, and are planning on applying for settled status in the future, you must maintain your residence in the UK and Islands (ie not be outside the UK and Islands for longer than the allowed absences. 

This is not just from the point that your pre-settled application is decided, but for the whole five year period you are relying on as qualifying for settled status.

When and how to apply

When to apply

The deadline for making an EU Settlement Scheme application for pre-settled status was 30 June 2021. 

How to apply

You will need to use your e-mail address and a mobile telephone number to apply.

  • Download the EU Exit: ID Document Check app for iPhone or Android phones (see the UKVI's guidance on using this app here).  Complete all tasks on the app.
  • You will then make a UKVI online account log-in and complete the online application form - you will also upload your documents to UKVI via your online UKVI application account.  You can log back into your UKVI online account at any time here.


Application process

If you are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme

You will be able to apply either inside or outside the UK and free of charge. 

Once you have completed the steps on the EU Exit: ID Document Check app, submitted the online application form and submitted your application documents, the UKVI will process your application.

UKVI have noted that the EU Settlement Scheme processing times are usually around 5 working days however can take longer. 

Once your application has been processed UKVI will send you an e-mail or letter confirming the outcome of your application.  You will have access to evidence of your settlement status after receiving the decision e-mail or letter.


Evidence of residence in the UK by 31 December 2020

When you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you will provide evidence to prove you had entered the UK  before 23:00 on 31 December 2020.

All the documents you submit as evidence of your residence in the UK must be dated and have your name on them. See the UKVI's evidence of UK residence documents you can prepare and submit.  You can upload a maximum of 10 documents to show evidence of UK residence. Each document must be no more than 6MB in size. 

You can get a Certifying Letter from the University to prove how long you have been studying at University of Glasgow on your current course (and for evidence of any previous courses studied at University of Glasgow too).  

You may also wish to submit a rental agreement (showing you were living in the UK before 31 December 2020) and evidence of payment for your accommodation.

EU, EEA or Swiss passport

You need a valid passport or valid national identity card.  You will scan this as part of using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app.

To scan your passport or ID card using the app you will need one of the following:

  • a valid EUEEA or Swiss passport or ID card, if it’s biometric
  • a UK-issued biometric residence card

If you are not applying from inside the UK, your national identity card must have a biometric chip.

Biometric photo

You also need to provide a digital photo of your face - this is made and submitted as part of using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app.

When original documents need to be submitted in the post

You must send your document/s by post if you have a:

  • non-EU or non-EEA passport
  • biometric residence permit
  • non-biometric ID card

You can also send other types of document in the post if you cannot use the ‘ID Document Check’ app for any reason.


Evidence of your EU status

Online status

Your status will be recorded digitally so you will not receive a document to prove this.  However, employers, educational institutions, UK Border Officers etc can access this if required. 

You can view your status or prove it to someone else online. You will not usually get a physical document.

International Student Support have created the below video guide for students providing their status to the university's Immigration Compliance team: EUSS share code video guide for UofG students