Updating and proving your pre-settled or settled status

This advice applies to England. See advice for Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

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.

Find out what to do if you disagree with the decision.

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

If you want to show someone your status, you can get a share code on GOV.UK. It's a good idea to print or write down the code when you get it.

You can give your share code to someone who needs to check your status - for example, a landlord or an employer.

This code is only valid for 30 days - if it isn’t used within the 30 days you will need to get a new one. Your decision letter is not proof of your status. 

Landlords, employers and local councils can check your status online if you give them a share code.

If your employer or landlord checked your status before 1 July 2021 and they want to do it again, this could be discrimination - unless they’re doing it for every employee or tenant. Talk to an adviser if you think you’ve been discriminated against.

If you’re entering the UK

You don’t need a share code to enter the UK.

You'll need to show the identity document linked to your online status - for example your passport or national identity card. You can check or change the identity document linked to your status on GOV.UK.

If you’re waiting for a decision on your application to the EU Settlement Scheme

If you've applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and you’re waiting for a decision, you have the same rights to live and work in the UK as you had before 30 June 2021. You can prove your rights in the UK using both:

  • your passport or national ID card 

  • your EU Settlement Scheme application certificate - you would have been emailed your certificate when you applied

Your employer will need to use the Employer Checking Service to confirm your right to work.

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'. 

When you go for your interview at the Jobcentre you’ll need to prove your right to reside. You can do this by either:

  • printing a copy of your settled status decision letter

  • giving the Jobcentre a share code so they can view your settled status online - you can get a share code on GOV.UK

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 keep your status up to date. You will 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

  • you want to add another document so your status will link to it as well - for example, you've applied using your national ID card but want to travel using your passport

To change your identity document, you'll need to upload a picture of it when you update your status online. It will be a number of weeks before you can log in with your new identity document details - make sure you keep the details of your old one until you can. 

You can find out more information about updating your status on GOV.UK.

If you don’t get confirmation your application has been submitted, or you’ve been waiting longer than 4 weeks, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre.

You can also apply to change from pre-settled status to settled status when you’re eligible. You can apply to switch your status on GOV.UK.

If you can’t access your online status

You might not be able to access your online status if you:

  • can’t access the email address or phone number you used to set up the account any more 

  • changed the passport or identity document you use in your account

You can contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre and they will be able to recover your account and share your status for you.

If you’re a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Your online status might be checked at the border when you enter the UK. You should use the passport or ID card that’s linked to your online status to enter the UK.

If you have pre-settled or settled status, you can still use a valid national ID card that’s linked to your online status to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025.

If you don’t have pre-settled or settled status, you’ll need a passport to visit the UK from 1 October 2021. If you have a biometric passport, you can still use the eGates at UK airports.

If you have an EEA biometric residence card, you won’t be able to use it after 30 June 2021. You should replace it with an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card.

You can replace your EEA original card with an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK. Make sure you choose ‘biometric residence card’ and not ‘biometric residence permit’ when you apply.

Check what you need to enter the UK on GOV.UK.

If you’re a citizen of a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland

If you have a biometric residence card this is no longer valid - you should apply for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK.

If you don’t have a biometric residence card or permit

You should have got an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card when you were given pre-settled or settled status. Make sure you take it with you when you travel - you need it to enter the UK.

If you have an EEA biometric residence card

Biometric residence cards are being replaced by EU Settlement Scheme residence cards.

You should swap your original card for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK. Make sure you choose ‘biometric residence card’ and not ‘biometric residence permit’ when you apply.

You can’t use your original EEA biometric residence card to enter your EU, EEA or Swiss family member’s country anymore - you’ll need to check if you need a visa. 

Biometric residence cards

A biometric residence card is a pink and blue credit card-sized document. It’ll have the title ‘residence card’.

If you have a biometric residence permit

If you have a permit to stay in the UK for a reason not related to the EU or EEA, for example as a student or skilled worker, you can still use your permit to enter the UK. You should swap it for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card.

You can swap your permit for an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card on GOV.UK if you get pre-settled status or settled status.

You might want to swap your permit for a residence card if:

  • 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'

  • your original permit is about to expire

If you have pre-settled status or settled status, the EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card will make it easier for you to enter the UK when you travel. If you have settled status it will also show you have the right to claim benefits.

Biometric residence permits

A biometric residence permit is a pink and blue credit card-sized document. It’ll have the title ‘residence permit’.

Page last reviewed on 01 July 2021