The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) opened to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members following Brexit.
The aim of the scheme was to grant permission to protect residency in the UK and therefore the right to study, work, and live within the UK after the post-Brexit transition and grace periods ended.
The requirement for qualifying was whether the individual was a resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020, but the grace period allowed applications to be made up to the end of 30 June 2021.
- 30 March 2019: The date the EU Settlement Scheme fully opened
- 31 January 2020: The date the UK left the EU
- 31 December 2020: The end of the transition period. EU citizens who arrived on or before this date were able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme
- 30 June 2021: The deadline for applying for the EU Settlement Scheme unless the applicant has reasonable grounds for a late application