Viewing and updating your pre-settled or settled status
After you’ve applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, the Home Office will email you a letter to tell you what status they’ve given you. This is known as your decision letter.
Viewing your status
After you get your decision letter, you can view your pre-settled or settled status online on GOV.UK.
If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will not get a card showing your pre-settled or settled status - your status is only online.
Viewing your child’s status
Your child will have their own online status. To view your child’s status on GOV.UK, you’ll need the email address or phone number you used when you did their application.
Proving your status
You don’t need to prove your settled status until 1 January 2021. If you want to show someone your status, you can get a share code on GOV.UK. Your decision letter is not proof of your status.
Before 1 January 2021
You can still use your passport or ID to prove your right to work, rent or access the NHS.
If an employer or landlord asks you to prove your settled status before 1 January 2021, this could be discrimination. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if you think you’ve been discriminated against.
From 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, local councils and employers can check your status online.
Find out about your rights with settled and pre-settled status.
Showing you have a right to claim benefits
If you have settled status, you have the same right to claim benefits as UK citizens - this is called your 'right to reside'.
You can use your settled status decision letter as evidence of your right to reside. Print off your decision letter when you go for your interview at the Jobcentre - they’ll use it to check your settled status.
If the Jobcentre asks you for more evidence or says they can’t verify your settled status, contact your nearest Citizens Advice.
If you have pre-settled status, you don’t automatically have the ‘right to reside’ to claim benefits. You might have the right to reside for different reasons - for example, because of things like your work or your family. Check if you have the right to reside.
Keeping your status up to date
You need to update your online status on GOV.UK if:
you renew or replace the identity document you used to apply - for example, if your passport expires
you change your name - for example, if you get married
you change your phone number or email address - your contact details need to be up to date so you can view or share your status
From 1 January 2021
Your online status might be checked at the border when you enter the UK. You might not be allowed into the UK if the name or document number on your passport or identity card isn’t the same as your online status.
If you have a national ID card, you can still use it to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025 if both of the following apply:
you have pre-settled or settled status
you began living in the UK before 31 December 2020
Other EU citizens will need a passport to visit the UK. If you have a biometric passport, you can still use the eGates at UK airports.
If you renew or change your passport or identity card
After you update your online status, you'll need to send your new passport or identity card to the Home Office. You should allow plenty of time before you travel because it might take several weeks to get your document back.
If you’re from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland
You might get a new card to prove your pre-settled or settled status depending on if you already have a biometric residence card or permit.
If you don’t have a biometric residence card or permit
You’ll get an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card by post. Make sure you take it with you when you travel - you need it to enter the UK.
If you have a biometric residence card
You can still use your card to enter the UK until 31 December 2020. You’ll need to get an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card to enter the UK after that date.
You can also swap your original card for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card:
when you get pre-settled or settled status
if your original card is lost, stolen or expired
if you upgrade from pre-settled to settled status
Your original card proves you’re a family member of an EEA citizen, but the EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card doesn’t. This means if you swap your original card for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card, you might need to get a visa to enter your family member’s country.
You can swap your original card for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK. Make sure you choose ‘biometric residence card’ and not ‘permit’ when you apply.
A biometric residence card is a pink and blue credit card-sized document. It’ll have the title ‘residence card’, ‘permanent residence card’ or ‘derivative residence card’.
If you have a biometric residence permit
You can continue to use your permit to enter the UK.
You might want to swap your permit for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK if you get settled status and either:
your original permit doesn’t show you have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or ‘settlement’
- your original permit says you have 'no recourse to public funds'
If you have settled status, the EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card will make it easier for you to enter the UK when you travel. It will also show you have the right to claim benefits.
A biometric residence permit is a pink and blue credit card-sized document. It’ll have the title ‘residence permit’.