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Apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. February 2019 update.

Apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU
You can use this service to get settled or pre-settled status.

Who can apply?
At the moment you can only apply if you are either of these:

  • from the European Union (EU)
  • a family member of someone from the EU and you have a residence card with a biometric chip and ‘EU right to reside’ on the back

You must use the Home Office’s ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ Android app to confirm your identity.

This is a test phase. These restrictions have been put in place so we can improve the service before it opens fully by 30 March 2019.

Irish citizens
If you are an Irish citizen you do not need to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. You will have the same rights as you do now.

Who cannot apply
You cannot apply if you also have British citizenship (known as ‘dual nationality’).

How it works
Prove your identity. Use the Home Office app to scan the electronic information in your passport.

Answer questions about yourself. We will use your answers to confirm how long you have been resident. In most cases, this means you will not have to provide any evidence.

Check your result. You will be told what status you will be considered for based on your answers. You can accept this result if you agree, or add evidence of your residence if you disagree.

How much it costs
On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

If you want to apply now, the fee (which will be refunded) is:

£65 if you’re 16 or over
£32.50 if you’re under 16
It’ll be free to apply if you already have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’ or you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK.

How long it takes
It usually takes about 30 minutes to complete this application.

You will get an email when we have made a decision.

Start your application
You must be in the UK to apply.

You will need:

  • an email address
  • your current passport or biometric residence card
  • a debit or credit card
  • an Android phone (such as a Samsung, Google or Sony phone) with ‘contactless’ - this means you can use your phone to pay for things.

How to check if your phone will work?

Look in your phone settings to see if it has Near-Field Communication (NFC).

NFC is how contactless works and what the app uses to scan your passport.

To start your application, download the Home Office app from the Google Play Store or find a location where you can use an Android phone.

More information on www.gov.uk