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Settling in the UK

Here you can find information and guidance about settling in the UK. People from outside the UK can settle after they have been living in the UK for a number of years. Settling means being able to stay in the UK without any time restrictions. The length of time needed to be eligible for settlement, and the requirements when applying, depend on nationality and visa route.

European nationals

EU/EEA & Swiss nationals and their family members (whether European or non-European) who have lived in the UK for five years can apply for ‘Settled status’ through the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is the process by which EU citizens who have been living in the UK prior to the 31 December 2020 can apply for pre-settled status (also known as limited leave to remain) or settled status (also known as indefinite leave to remain). You and your family have till the 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, this will allow you to continue living in the UK from 1 July 2021.

Find out if you are eligible to apply to settle in the UK.

Non-European nationals

Non-Europeans wishing to settle in the UK apply for ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ (ILR). There are several different application routes for ILR depending on the type of UK visa the applicant holds.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Non-Europeans wishing to settle in the UK can apply for ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ (ILR). There are several different application routes for ILR depending on the type of UK visa the applicant currently holds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Britain and the EU FAQs page to find further information covering the options for current and potential employees joining us from the EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss Nationals, both currently resident in the UK and resident outside of the UK, that are planning to come and live and/or stay in UK. Information relating to affected family members is also included.

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