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European Nationals Living in the UK

If you are an EU citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you should have applied to register under the EU Settlement Scheme for pre-settled or settled status before the 30 June 2021 deadline.

The same rule applies to European Economic Area nationals (nationals of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Swiss nationals.

Although the deadline has passed, there are circumstances in which late applications will be considered.



The Home Office is accepting late applications from individuals with ‘reasonable grounds’ for having missed the deadline.

The Home Office guidance contains a detailed, non-exhaustive list of examples about what might constitute a ‘reasonable ground’ for having missed the deadline.

There is also a wider provision which allows applicants who have missed the deadline to apply late as a result of “other compelling practical or compassionate reasons”. Practical considerations can include something as simple as not having access to the internet.

Provided one of these wide ranging ‘reasonable grounds’ can be established, the application should be approved, despite being submitted late.  This flexibility will not last forever and the latest guidance should be consulted.


Top tips/ Experience

Working out the best option for you and your family depends on your personal circumstances, so, if you have questions, our solicitors for EU settled status can help. We would be keen to hear from you regarding your personal circumstances or assist your family members with their application for entry clearance or leave to remain under the scheme.

Applications under EU Settlement scheme can be extremely complex in respect of the evidential burden imposed for all late applicants. We have assisted numerous individuals and families who found themselves frustrated by the complex nature of their applications to achieve positive outcomes. We have considerable experience, which we can apply to your circumstances in a very effective and pragmatic way.



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