EU Settlement Scheme
Wednesday, 30 June 2021, was the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
If you’re an EU citizen living in Bridgend County Borough, we want you to be able to continue to live, work and access services here.
Applications made after 30 June 2021 deadline
You can still apply if you’re eligible for the scheme and can show ‘reasonable grounds’ for why you did not apply by the deadline. Some examples of reasonable grounds for missing the deadline can be found on the UK Government website.
If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21. If you are expecting to have a child (or have given birth since 1 April 2021), then your baby will also need to have an application made on their behalf within 3 months of their date of birth.
Switching from pre-settled status to settled status
If you hold pre-settled status, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).
You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years before you can apply to switch to settled status. If you have spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period, you may not be eligible for settled status.
To switch, you must apply to the EUSS again before your pre-settled status expires. For further information, please refer to the guidance available on GOV.UK.
How to access and update digital status
You can view your EU Settlement Scheme status online, via the view and prove your immigration status service.
There is a helpful guide available on the UK Government website which provides further information about using your digital status.
Advice and support
If you are unsure if you or a family member needs to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you can access free advice and support.
EU citizens in Wales will still be able to access free and confidential support for their EU Settlement Scheme applications until 31 December 2021, the Welsh Government have confirmed.
The Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme, known as EUSS, offered EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens, and their eligible family members the opportunity to protect their residency since the UK left the European Union.
The scheme closed at the end of June 2021, however late applications with reasonable grounds are still being accepted by the Home Office.
The announcement confirms access for EU citizens to free support from specialist law firm Newfields Law will continue until the end of 2021.
This is in addition to the confidential support from Citizens Advice Cymru and charity Settled, which the Welsh Government has funded since 2019.
For further information please visit Gov.Wales.
To help EU citizens complete applications for settled or pre-settled status, the Government has developed an app which you can use to scan your ID using a phone, tablet or other device.
You can check to see if your phone or device is compatible with the app here – if it is not compatible, Bridgend County Borough Council is offering a ‘chip and check’ ID scanning service which is available at the following premises:
Bridgend Register Office
The service is free of charge to residents of Bridgend County Borough, and costs £14 for non-residents.
You can arrange an appointment by calling 01656 642391 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is a scanning-only service – it does not guarantee the success of an application, and does not offer further advice on your application or status.