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I'm an EU citizen, how do I get settled status?

We value the contribution you make to our community and want you to stay in the Dover District after the UK leaves the EU. 

The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights you currently have in the UK. The scheme is a free online process and you have until 30 June 2021 to apply. 

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, including the support available, visit

FREE local advice and help is available - please see our leaflet below or scroll down for further information:

Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU

If you are an EU citizen*, you and your family members should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Your rights will remain unchanged until then, provided that you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to get the immigration status you will need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. This status means you can continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply

You’ll be given either settled status or pre-settled status, depending on how long you’ve been living in the UK when you apply. Your rights will be different depending on which status you get.

* EU citizens used throughout refers to EEA and Swiss nationals, who are all eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. 

Apply online now

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme now – it is FREE and all you need to do is complete a short online application form. 

To apply, you need to be an EU citizen or a non-EU family member of an EU citizen. This includes those with a UK permanent residence document.

You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, or you are an Irish citizen, but you can if you want to.

The online application checks three basic principles:

  • identity
  • UK residence and
  • criminality

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme, including how and when you need to apply by visiting the GOV.UK pages: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

Support to help you apply

Support is available if you need help to complete your application including: 

1.   Applicant information

A collection of information for applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme, including guidance and support, is available on the GOV.UK website: EU Settlement Scheme: applicant information

2.   Settled status guidance

Guidance is available in 26 European languages on the GOV.UK website: Settled status for EU citizens and their families: translations

3.   EU Settlement Resolution Centre

For individual questions about your application call 0300 123 7379. Find out about call charges on

You can also ask a question using the online submission the EU Settlement Scheme contact form to get help online.

4.   Assisted Digital

You can get free Assisted Digital support, over the phone and in person, if you are in the UK and do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact Assisted Digital by calling 03333 445 675. Find out about call charges on For more information visit: EU Settlement Scheme: Assisted Digital Service

5.   ID document scanning service

This service is available to complete the identity verification step if you do not have access to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app on your mobile or computer. There may be an administrative fee to use this service. A list of national locations is available on the GOV.UK website: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations.

  • Kent County Council (KCC) has offices offering a walk-in service to help you with ID verification, including Canterbury and Ramsgate. For details please see the KCCs webpage: European settlement scheme.

6.   Vulnerable Citizens

You can get support applying to the EU Settlement Scheme if you are a vulnerable citizen. The Home Office has launched a postcode checker tool to identify grant funded organisations in each area providing support. 

7.   Videos

The Home Office has released the following You Tube videos: 

8.   GOV.UK Leaflets and Factsheets

FREE local advice advice and help

Two organisations, Samphire and Migrant Help, can give you free local advice and help from the following locations: 

  • Samphire: 56 Castle Street, Dover, CT16 1PJ

Appointment service every other Tuesday.

Please contact or call 07907 471913 to make an appointment.

  • Dover Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): Maison Dieu Gardens, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, CT16 1RW

Appointment or drop-in service on Wednesdays from 10 am - 3 pm.

Contact CAB Dover on 01304 202442 or ask in reception.

This service is provided by Migrant Help on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and by Samphire on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.

  • Canterbury Job Centre: House 115, 120 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1EZ

Migrant Help runs drop-in sessions and appointments on Thursdays from 9:30 am-1 pm.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Burr on 07483 088738 or Email:

Please take to your appointment:

  • A valid source of identification (ID) such as an in-date passport or ID card.
  • Your National Insurance number (if you have one).
  • A telephone number and email address.
  • Birth certificate (if applying for those aged under 21 years).

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice also has a webpage for European citizens on staying in the UK after Brexit: 


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