Providing new information and evidence of your pre-settled or settled status
After you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, the Home Office will send you an email informing you of your status. This is referred to as your decision letter.
Learn what you should do if you disagree with the decision.
If you've applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can still live and work in the UK while you wait for a decision. In the UK, you can prove your rights by using both:
your passport or national identification card
your EU Settlement Scheme application certificate, which you should have received via email when you applied
Your application certificate may have been emailed to you or may be available in your online account, depending on when you applied. If your certificate is available online, you can obtain a share code from GOV.UK.
To confirm your right to work, your employer will need to use the Employer Checking Service.
Viewing your current status
After receiving your decision letter, you can check your pre-settled or settled status on GOV.UK. UK
If you are from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you will not receive a card indicating whether you are pre-settled or settled; your status is only available online.
Viewing the status of your child
Your child will have an online status. To check your child's status on GOV, click here. You'll need the email address or phone number you used when you applied to the UK.
Demonstrating your legal right to work or rent
You can get a share code from GOV.UK to show someone your status. When you get the code, it's a good idea to print or write it down.
You can give your share code to anyone who needs to know your status, such as a landlord or an employer.
This code is only valid for 30 days; if it is not used within that time, you must obtain a new one. Your decision letter is not evidence of your current status.
If you provide a share code, landlords, employers, and local governments can check your status online.
If your employer or landlord checked your status before July 1, 2021 and wants to do it again, it could be considered discrimination - unless they do it for all of their employees or everyone who rents from them. Talk to an adviser if you think you've been discriminated against
If you believe the Home Office made a mistake regarding your immigration status,
You can use a form to notify them if they have incorrect information, such as if it is out of date. Find out how to tell the Home Office they’ve got the wrong information about your status on GOV.UK
Obtaining proof of your right to enter the United Kingdom
What you need to show is determined by your citizenship.
If you are a citizen of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
When you enter the UK, you must show an identity document that is linked to your online status, such as your passport or national identity card.
If you enter the UK with your passport, you can scan it yourself at airport 'eGates.' You must show your identity card to an immigration officer if you use it.
On GOV.UK, you can check or change the identity document associated with your status.
When you were granted pre-settled or settled status, you may have received an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card. If you have one, make sure you bring it with you when you travel because you will need it to enter the United Kingdom.
If you do not have an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card, the rules are as follows:
an EEA biometric residence card
a residence permit that is biometric
If you have pre-settled or settled status, you can still enter the UK with your EEA biometric residence card until it expires. EEA residence cards, on the other hand, are being replaced by EU Settlement Scheme residence cards.
It is recommended that you exchange your EEA residence card for an EU Settlement Scheme residence card. GOV.UK allows you to exchange your original card for an EU Settlement Scheme residence card. When applying, make sure to select 'biometric residence card' rather than 'biometric residence permit.'
You can no longer enter your EU, EEA, or Swiss family member's country with your original EEA biometric residence card; instead, you must check if a visa is required.
A biometric residence card is a document the size of a credit card. It will be called a'residence card.'
If you have a permit to stay in the UK for reasons unrelated to the EU or EEA, such as as a student or skilled worker, you can still enter the country.
If you have pre-settled or settled status, you can use GOV.UK to exchange your permit for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card.
You should consider exchanging your permit for a residence card if:
Your original permit does not show that you have 'indefinite leave to remain' or that you have settled.
According to your original permit, you have "no recourse to public funds."
Your current permit is about to expire.
When you travel, the EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card will make it easier for you to enter the UK. If you have settled status, you will also be able to claim benefits.
A biometric residence permit is a credit card-sized document. It’ll have the title ‘residence permit’
Demonstrating your eligibility to receive benefits
What you must do is determined by whether you are settled or pre-settled.
You have the same right to benefits as UK citizens, which is known as your 'right to reside.'
When you go to the Jobcentre for an interview, you'll need to show proof of your legal right to live there. You can accomplish this by either:
making a copy of your decision letter on settled status
giving the Jobcentre a share code so they can view your settled status online - a share code can be obtained from GOV.UK.
Talk to an adviser if the Jobcentre asks for more evidence or says they can't verify your settled status.
You do not have the 'right to reside' in order to claim benefits. You may have the right to reside for a variety of reasons, such as your job or family. Examine your residency status.
When you go to the Jobcentre for an interview, you will need to show proof of your settled status and right to reside.
You can demonstrate your settled status by either:
making a copy of your pre-determined status decision letter
giving the Jobcentre a share code so they can view your pre-settled status online - you can get a share code from GOV.UK.
You must also provide evidence to the Jobcentre that you have the right to live in the country. If you work, your pay stubs and employment contract could serve as evidence.
Talk to an adviser if the Jobcentre says they can't verify your pre-settled status.
The DWP may request proof of your pre-settled or settled status by adding a message to the journal section of your online account. You should check your journal on a regular basis to ensure that you do not miss any messages.
You can provide evidence to the DWP by providing your share code (which you can obtain from GOV.UK).
If the DWP requests proof of your status, you must provide it within one month. If you miss the one-month deadline, your payments may be suspended.
If your payments are stopped and you continue to fail to provide the DWP with proof of your status, you may be required to reapply for Universal Credit.
You must update your online status if:
If your passport expires, you must renew or replace the identity document you used to apply.
you change your name, such as when you marry
If you change your address, phone number, or email address, your contact information must be updated so that you can view or share your status.
you want to change or add another identity document
You may want to add another identity document so you can travel with it, such as if you applied with your national ID card but want to travel with your passport.
When you update your status online, you must upload a picture of your identity document to add or change it. It will be a few weeks before you can log in with your new identity document details; keep your old one handy until then.
When you add a new identity document to your online status, you will be required to sign in with that identity document in the future.
Don't be concerned if you can't find your old ID on your account. It remains, but the system may only display the most recent one you've added.
GOV.UK allows you to update your online status.
If you haven't received confirmation within four weeks of updating your online status, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre.
Changing the status from pre-settled to settled
When you are eligible, you can apply to change your status from pre-settled to settled. Learn how to change your status to settled.
If you are unable to access your online status
If you do any of the following, you may be unable to access your online status:
You no longer have access to the email address or phone number you used to set up the account.
changed the passport or identification document in your account
You can contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre, and they will be able to recover your account and provide you with your status.
Page last reviewed on 01 July 2021
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