Everyone needs to prove their identity through a valid identity document. This means a national passport, national identity card or a Biometric Residence Permit. If you do not have a valid national passport or ID card you will need to apply for one from your embassy. There are likely to be delays with this at the moment, so check your embassy website for advice.

If you do not have a valid national passport or ID card and have an urgent need to apply for Settled Status now but your embassy is closed then you may wish to try using the online contact form to ask if you can submit a paper application without a valid national passport or ID card.

Once you have proved your identity, you need to prove how long you have lived in the UK. The EUSS app will run a check on your National Insurance number with the DWP and HMRC. If your work, tax and benefits history show that you have lived in the UK for the amount of time you are claiming to have lived here, then you will not need further evidence of your residence. If you have gaps in your national insurance record you may need to find further evidence to prove your residence.

  • If you have lived in the UK for less than five years you need one piece of evidence to show that you live in the UK that is not older than six months. For instance, a Council Tax bill or a bank statement.
  • If you have lived in the UK for more than five years you will potentially need five years of evidence. Evidence of residence can include any official correspondence that shows you have been in the UK.

The following items are often useful:

  • Bank statements
  • Wage slips
  • Council Tax statements
  • Working Tax Credit letters
  • Letters from DWP
  • Letters from your GP
  • Child Health Record Letters from your children’s school – you can request a letter to confirm how long they have been enrolled at school and a report on their attendance
  • Children’s British birth certificates
  • Tenancy Agreements/mortgage documents
  • UK marriage certificate

If you have been in the UK for less than five years you should be granted Pre-Settled Status. If you have been here for five years or more, you should be granted Settled Status – this means you can live here permanently.