The settled status scheme for resident EU citizens and their family members will open for voluntary applications in late 2018. They do not need to apply for settled status before the UK leaves the EU, and will have until 30 June 2021 to do so.
The application system will be streamlined, user-friendly and draw on existing government data to minimise the burden on applicants to provide evidence.
We will publish further details in advance of the scheme opening including comprehensive guidance on procedures for applying and eligibility criteria. We have recently launched a targeted communications campaign using a variety of media to ensure that EU citizens are aware of any updated information and over 200,000 have subscribed to a mailing list to receive regular updates. We are also holding four, monthly user group meetings with representatives of EU citizens and their employers to seek input in to the design of the scheme and provide further information about its progress.