EU Settlement Scheme: Helping workers apply to stay in Northern Ireland after 30 June 2021

Guide

The deadline for applying for the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021. However in some cases you may be able to apply after 30 June 2021. See GOV.UK guidance on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you employ workers from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland,  to help minimise the impact that the UK leaving the EU may have on your business and staff you should make them aware that they can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Some non EU, EEA, Swiss workers may also apply where they meet specific eligibility criteria. This will allow these workers to continue to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Who should apply?

If you employ workers from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you should make them aware of what they have to do to remain in the UK.

They and their family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If their application is successful, they will get either settled or pre-settled status.

Non EU, EEA or Swiss workers that have a family member who is an eligible person of Northern Ireland, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme whether they’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen or not. See if you're the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

Non EU, EEA or Swiss workers that have a family member who is from the EU, EEA or Switzerland can also apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The EU, EEA or Swiss family member will usually need to apply as well. They can apply if they’re the family member of an Irish citizen, even though they do not need to. See if you’re the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

Your employees may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if they have indefinite leave to remain.

Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens, who will continue to benefit from the Common Travel Area.

Is there a fee for the EU Settlement Scheme?

It is free to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Is there a deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.

How do you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you will also need your passport or national identity card. If you are not in the UK, your national identity card must have a biometric chip.

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you are in the UK you will need one of the following:

  • passport
  • biometric residence card
  • biometric residence permit

If you are not in the UK, you can only use your biometric residence card.

Read further details on what you'll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on GOV.UK


Free support to help staff apply for the EU Settlement Scheme


There are two organisations in Northern Ireland, Advice NI and the Stronger Together EUSS Support Project that can provide free, confidential advice and support, including:

  • immigration advice
  • practical help and support, including interpreting services and online access to help complete an application

Advice NI
You can contact Advice NI by phone, email, or text:

  • phone: free EU Settlement Scheme helpline 0800 915 4604
  • text service: text EUSS to  81025 and an adviser will call you back
  • email: advice@adviceni.net

Stronger Together EUSS Support Project
You can contact Stronger Together EUSS Support Project by phone or email:

Find out about the free advice and support, including language support available across Northern Ireland from EU Settlement Scheme advisers.

EU citizens in the UK: EU Settlement Scheme overview

Watch this video on the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply.