EU Settlement Scheme Pilot: Applicant Eligibility

04 Dec 2018, 54 mins ago

Our previous blog provided information on the individuals who are eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the pilot scheme up until 21 December 2018.

In addition to the requirement of being employed by or working for one of the participating organisations, Appendix EU of the Immigration Rules states that an applicant must either be:

  • a resident EU citizen with a valid passport; or
  • the non-EU citizen family member of an EU citizen and who holds a biometric residence card on the basis of an application made on or after 6 April 2015 (for further information on family members, please see our previous blog).

It is important to note, however, that family members may only apply under the pilot scheme if they are also employed or supported by one of the participating organisations.


The application fee for either settled or pre-settled status is either:

  • £65 for those aged 16 over; or
  • £32.50 for those under 16.

Please note that the following are exempt from paying the application fee:

  • individuals who hold indefinite leave to remain in the UK and who wish to change this for settled status;
  • individuals who hold a valid permanent residence document;
  • individuals who hold pre-settled status and are applying for settled status after April 2019; and
  • children in local authority care.

Eligible applicants under the pilot scheme are advised to submit their applications before 22 December 2018. If an application by an eligible applicant is not made before this date, the applicant will have to wait until the scheme is fully open to the public (which is currently stated to be by March 2019). Please note that the deadline for most applications under the EU Settlement Scheme will be 30 June 2021.

Should you wish to check your and your family’s current eligibility to apply for settled or pre-settled status in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact us.   


The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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