EU Settlement Scheme – one million people granted status

19 August 2019

Whether or not the UK and EU reach a deal before 31 October 2019, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.


Although there is no legal obligation for employers to communicate the EU Settlement Scheme to their employees, you may wish to signpost the information that the Government is providing.


Over one million people have been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme – just five months after the Scheme fully opened.


The Home Office is committed to making the process of applying to the EU Settlement Scheme as simple and straightforward as possible and looks for reasons to grant status, not refuse it. The milestone million demonstrates the progress of the Scheme to date and government is hopeful that it will continue to encourage those who are yet to apply to the Scheme to make their applications.


You may be able to help an EEA, Swiss, or their non-EU family members apply to the scheme so if you know anyone who has yet to do so, please refer to the support services listed below:



Individuals that have made an application, or are attempting to do so, can get help and support by contacting the Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379. If you are calling from outside the UK, you can call on 0044 (0) 203 080 0010. Alternatively, the Centre can be contacted in writing.