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European Union (EU) Settled Status Scheme

The EU Settled Status scheme is the scheme to protect EEA citizens' rights in the UK now the UK has left the European Union.

1. What is the EU Settled Status Scheme?

The EU Settled Status scheme is the scheme to protect European Economic Area (EEA) citizens' rights in the UK now the UK has left the European Union (EU).

Most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (and family members of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens) who live in the UK need to apply to the scheme to protect their rights in the UK.

EU law rights, such as permanent residence and family members rights, no longer apply now the UK has left the European Union.

Irish citizens don't need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.  

2. I have EU settled status. What does this mean for my benefit entitlement?

If you have settled status, you will be able to get any benefits you are entitled to.

If you aren't sure what benefits you are entitled to you can use our free, confidential Benefits Calculator.

3. I have EU pre-settled status. What does this mean for my benefit entitlement?

If you have pre-settled status, you might need to prove you also have a right to reside under EU law categories to be able to claim some benefits.

If you can't prove you have a right to reside, the government might say that pre-settled status on its own is not enough for you to claim benefits. There is a court case happening at the moment to decide if the government is right about this. You should make a claim now and appeal any refusal, but you might not get any payment until the court case is decided.

You are able to claim contributory benefits like New Style Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have made enough National Insurance contributions.

4. I have applied for settled status but I haven't had a decision back yet. Can I claim benefits?

Applied before 30 June 2021

If you applied for settled status on or before 30 June 2021 and you are waiting for a decision, your existing rights in the UK should be protected. 

If you are refused benefits because you don't have settled status yet, you should get advice.

Applied after 30 June 2021

If you applied for settled status after 30 June 2021 and you are waiting for a decision, you won't be eligible for any benefits until after you get a decision made on your settled status application.

If you are going to face hardship while you wait for this decision, you can apply to charities for a grant to help you and ask for help from foodbanks. If you live in Wales, you might be able to get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund.

You should also get advice on whether there is anything you can do to speed up processing of your application for settled status.

Social services might be able to provide support to some families with children. However, this may not be suitable for everyone. The No Recourse to Public Funds Network's guide gives a detailed overview of the risks and advantages to approaching social services for help. If you are struggling to make sense of this, get advice.

5. I haven't applied for settled status yet. What should I do?

It is possible to make a late application for Settled Status, but you will need to give a good reason.

You should get advice on how to best explain to the Home Office why your application is late.

You won't be able to claim any benefits until you have been granted settled status.

While you are waiting for your claim to be processed, you may be able to get a grant from a charity or get help from foodbanks. If you live in Wales, you might be able to get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund.

Social services might be able to provide support to some families with children. However, this may not be suitable for everyone. The No Recourse to Public Funds Network's guide gives a detailed overview of the risks and advantages to approaching social services for help. If you are struggling to make sense of this, get advice.