EU Settlement Scheme – Information for families and children in care

20 May 2021 Déarbhla Sloan    Last updated: 20 May 2021

With the deadline for EU Settlement Scheme registration fast approaching the Home Office is undertaking a range of information measures to ensure those who need to register are fully informed.

The UK and Northern Ireland officially left the European Union on 1st January 2021. This change has brought with it many major policy and legislative implications, including changes to the status of EU citizens currently living here. The UK Government introduced the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme in 2020. The scheme requires children and adults from other European countries who live in the UK to apply in order to remain resident and have access to public services.

If you were living in the UK before 1 January 2021 you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. If you don’t apply to the scheme by this date, you may experience difficulties accessing public services such as healthcare, social security benefits and education.

It is important to note that each individual should apply to the scheme. No child of any age is covered by a parent or other family member’s application to the Settlement Scheme therefore it is important that eligible parents apply for themselves and check whether they need to also do so on behalf of their children.

Children in care

The Home Office will be holding workshops to support officers and social workers with EUSS applications for children in care and care leavers.

To register for an event email [email protected] with the title and date of the event in the subject line.

Further Information

For further information or to apply to the scheme, visit Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status): Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme - GOV.UK (  To apply for the scheme is free.

If you have a question about your application or need additional support to complete it, you can visit Ask a question about applying for settled status – GOV.UK ( or contact the helpline: 0300 123 7379

You can also visit the list of organisations who will be able to help and advise you with your application.

The Committee for Administrative Justice have also produced guidance for citizens living within Northern Ireland that can be accessed here.

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