Viewing and updating 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

You don’t need to prove your settled status until 1 July 2021. If you want to show someone your status, you can get a share codeon GOV.UK. Your decision letter is not proof of your status.

Before 1 July 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 July 2021, this could be discrimination. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if you think you’ve been discriminated against.

From 1 July 2021

From 1 July 2021, local councils, landlords 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'. 

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 codeon 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

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.

If you have pre-settled or settled status, you can still use your national ID card 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

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 an EEA biometric residence card

After 30 June 2021 you won’t be able to use your EEA biometric residence card. You should replace your EEA 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.

You’ll need an EU Settlement Scheme biometric residence card to:

  • enter the UK

  • prove you're a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen - for example, if you’re applying for benefits

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’, ‘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 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 January 2021