All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and wanted to continue to remain here were advised to apply for Settled Status/Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

  • Deadline for applications was 30th June 2021
  • Unless exceptional circumstances applied, EU/EEA and Swiss citizens risked becoming overstayers
  • Having Settled or Pre-Settled status allows EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who had been living here as at 31st December 2020 to exercise their right to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021

If you were unable to make an application and need help with making a late application we can provide advice and assistance.

Our service is designed for individuals and immediate family members who are struggling to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have difficulty using the EU Exit: ID app for reasons such as disability, including mental health issues, age including care home residence, being in care or a care leaver, difficulties relating to domestic abuse, modern slavery or trafficking, isolation, homelessness or being in transient accommodation.

Some of the issues in these cases may be more complex than they seem, and require further investigation and advice. These issues can include uncertainty about nationality, refusal of status under the EU Settlement scheme, criminal convictions, situations where ID or evidence of residence is not easily obtainable, where the applicant cares for an EU or UK child, or are a vulnerable family member.

Ealing Law Centre and its partners West London Equality Centre and Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre have been assisting EU/EEA and Swiss citizens to make Settled/Pre-Settled Status applications over the past year.
Our services include practical support for vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and assistance to make applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

We are in a position to assist with remaining applications, ID checks and clarifying status before the deadline.

The current advice from the Home Office about the EUSS Scheme is :

The deadline for EUSS applications has now passed. However, eligible EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and their family members who did not apply by 30 June 2021 can make a late application where there are reasonable grounds to do so at

There is no deadline for applications from eligible joining family members, who can join those with EUSS status at any point. Further information for joining family members is available here on GOV.UK. 

Switching from EUSS pre-settled status to settled status 

Individuals with pre-settled status can apply to switch to settled status as soon as they are eligible. This is usually after someone has lived in the UK, the Channel islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence). 

To switch, an individual must apply to the EUSS again before their pre-settled status expires. For further information, please refer to the guidance available on GOV.UK. 

Key points to remember about the EU Settlement Scheme

  • Support is still available to those who need help to make a late application to the scheme. Please help us reach these people by sharing the link to services across your channels
  • There remains scope for a person eligible for status under the EUSS to make a late application to the scheme where there are reasonable grounds for having missed the deadline. We have published non-exhaustive guidance on reasonable grounds for missing the deadline on GOV.UK.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who make a valid late EUSS application will have temporary protected rights in the UK until they receive an outcome of their EUSS application. More information can be found on GOV.UK.
  • Applicants who have made a valid application will be issued with a Certificate of Application, which can be relied on to evidence their rights in the UK. Certificates of application are available to applicants by signing into the view and prove service at Those who submitted a paper application will have a certificate of application sent to them by post.
  • Eligible close family members living overseas as of 31 December 2020 can apply to join an EU, EEA or Swiss family member who started living in the UK by then. They should apply to the EUSS from outside the UK (where they are eligible to do so) or they should apply for an EUSS family permit to come to the UK to make their EUSS application. There is no deadline for them coming to the UK. They can join a family member with pre-settled or settled status at any point, although if they have not already done so they need to make an EUSS application within 90 days of their arrival in the UK. More information on joining family members can be found on GOV.UK.
  • An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should check if they need to make a late application on behalf of their children, even if they have already applied and been granted a status themselves.
  • As people may increasingly be considering international travel, it is important for individuals with status under the EUSS to update their UKVI account with all valid travel documents (such as passports or national identity cards) they hold and intend to use for travel. This can help to avoid any unnecessary delays at the UK border, and can be done online by going to

Our partnership can provide advice for complex and non-complex cases.

Initial enquiries & practical support

Please contact West London Equality Centre
T: 08000564745 | E: EUSS@WLEC.NET

(If necessary we will refer to Ealing Law Centre or Hammersmith Law Centre for full casework.)

Complex Cases

Individuals and families with complex issues and organisations assisting with complex cases are requested to contact;

Ealing Law Centre
T: 020 8579 4598 & Choose the immigration option | E: 

Or Visit the website and request help by using this link

Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre
T: 020 3880 1727 | E:

Or visit 

Support for local organisations and groups

All three organisations are happy to present to Local groups or organisations.

General service & press enquiries

Ealing Law Centre
Lalit Joshi, T: 020 8579 4598

West London Equality Centre
Barbara Karayi, T: 07944 643899.

aling Law Centre has a specialist team of immigration advisers to provide the service who are registered with the OISC and an IAAS Accredited Senior Casework Supervisor.

To refer a client to this service, please complete this form.

To request training, please complete the first part of the form. We may also be able to help other clients who fall outside the scope of this project and want to apply under the EU Settled Status Scheme .

This project is designed to help EU Citizens and their family members who are vulnerable or have particularly complex cases to apply for Settled Status in the UK under the Home Office’s EU Settled Status Scheme. Please see the list below of who could be classed as vulnerable and what could be defined as a complex case. (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list).

The project  helps EU Citizens and their family members obtain the appropriate status after the UK exited the European Union. If you know or have service users who fit the criteria – such as elderly, disabled, looked after/separated children, durable partners, victims of domestic violence etc. you may refer them to our service.

We will also offer;

  • Document scanning services to EU Nationals and their family members who do not have a scanning
    device or cannot use one,
  • Training for your organisation under the EUSSCC project to help your teams get to work clients who need support with the Home Office’s EU Settled Status Scheme.