Harrow is one of the most diverse boroughs in London and we are proud that people from across the globe choose to make Harrow their home.
With the UK now due to leave the European Union (EU) on 31st January 2020, it is important that residents and businesses are prepared.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.
What is settled status?
If you are granted settled status you will be able to stay in the UK and live your life as you do now. You will have the same access to benefits, public services and healthcare.
You may qualify for settled status (indefinite leave to remain) if you have lived in the UK for five years.
You will be granted pre-settled status (limited leave to remain) if you have lived in the UK for less than five years. You will enjoy the same rights to live, work and healthcare, but pre-settled status does not count as "right to reside" for the purposes of welfare benefits.
If you have pre-settled status you will need to apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires. You will be able to do this as soon as you have lived in the UK for five years continuously.
What you will need to apply for settled status
To apply for EU settled status you will need:
- a valid biometric EU passport or valid biometric residence card
- a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email
- an email address that you must have access to until you have reached 5 years of residence in the UK. Inform the home office if you have changed email address.
- proof of your address – this can be a driving license, a recent council tax bill, bank statement or utility bill.
Apply for settled status
EU citizens must be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those who are resident before this date, have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.