We have agreed with the EU that the eligibility criteria for UK settled status will be the same as, or more favourable than, those set out in the Free Movement Directive for acquiring permanent residence. The UK will set the evidence requirements to suit the demands of this unique situation. For example, we will not ask applicants to account for every trip that they have taken out of the UK, nor will we require evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance.
For those who already hold a valid EEA permanent residence document, there will be a simple process to exchange this for a settled status document, subject to ID verification and submission of a photograph, a security check and confirmation of ongoing residence. The previous residence assessment will not be re-done.
The new system will be streamlined, user-friendly and will draw on existing Government data to minimise the burden on applicants to provide documentary evidence. Further, more detailed evidential requirements are being developed and will be published in due course.