The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU citizens and their family members must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme so that they can continue to live and work in the UK after June 30, 2021.

Those who are resident in the UK before the end of the UK transition period on December 31, 2020 are eligible to apply and they have until June 30, 2021 to do so. There have already been more than 4.2 million applications to the hugely successful scheme.

It’s free and easy to apply – most people can apply online from the comfort of their own home in as little as 15 minutes. If you think you might need to need to apply, check now.

There are three steps to the application process. First you need to prove your identity, then show that you live in the UK, and lastly declare any criminal convictions. Take a look at gov.uk/eusettlementscheme for more details.

Remember if you have children, you may need to apply for them as well. Each child needs their own application. You can apply for your child or they can apply for themselves.

If your child was born in the UK but is not a British citizen, they will still need to apply. You can check if they’re a British citizen if you’re not sure.

Support with your application

If you have children, you need to apply for them separately

There’s plenty of support available online, over the phone and in person to help people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The Home Office has over 1,500 staff working on the EU Settlement Scheme with 250 Settlement Resolution Centre staff in place to answer questions and help people apply. If you’re inside the UK you can call 0300 123 7379 for help from Monday to Friday between 8am to 8pm, or Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. If you’re outside the UK, you can call +44 (0)203 080 0010.

The Home Office has also made up to £17 million available to organisations across the UK to support the more vulnerable to apply including the homeless, elderly and victims of domestic abuse or modern slavery.

The 72 organisations include charities, local authorities and local government associations, and there is a postcode checker service available on GOV.UK showing local support: gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme.

Additional support is also available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the telephone.

People can use the EU Exit ID Document Check app to complete the identity stage of their application. A postal route for submitting identity evidence is also open for applicants who are unable to use the app to verify their identity.

What will you get?

The new grant funded network of 72 organisations provides support to the more vulnerable in society in applying to the scheme

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after June 30, 2021.

You’ll be given either:

Whether someone has pre-settled status or settled status, this means they have been accepted through the scheme and have secured their rights in UK law.

You will not be asked to choose which you’re applying for. Which status you get depends on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get.

Both types of status give you the right to:

■ Work in the UK

■ Use the NHS free of charge (if you do so currently)

■ Enrol in education or continue studying

■ Access public funds such as benefits or pensions if you are eligible

■ Travel in and out of the UK.

Key facts

■ The deadline to apply is June 30, 2021

■ Applying is free and can be done online

■ 4.2 million people have already applied

■ Support is available for anyone who needs more help with their application gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme

■ Gaining settled or pre-settled status gives you the right to continue living and working in the UK

Key steps

1. Check if you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

You need to apply if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

You’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but your family member is.

2. Check your likely status

Use gov.uk/eusettlementscheme to determine whether you can get settled or pre-settled status.

3. Complete the three-step application process

You’ll need to:

4. Apply by June 30, 2021

Try to apply as soon as possible. If you need more help with your application, support is available.

5. After you’ve applied

You’ll get a letter to confirm your status, but this can’t be used as proof. For that, use the UK Government online view and prove your immigration status service where you can generate a “share code” to prove your status to others (e.g. employers).

You can still prove your rights in the UK until June 30, 2021 with your passport or national identity card (if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen), or with your biometric residence document. You can also use the view and prove service to update your details, such as email address or passport number.

What do I need?

Use this tool to find out what YOU need to do before Jan 1 2021

The government has launched a quick and easy online transition checker (above) everybody can use - be it a business or an individual.

It takes just a few minutes to complete and instantly gives personalised lists of actions for you, your family, and your business as we move forward together.

We all need to plan ahead and this tool makes that simple.

Check the guidance. Make the changes. And let’s get going!

This article is part of a paid-for partnership with the UK Government.