Check if you’re eligible for settlement (also called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK.
You can also find out how to apply.
Settling means you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
Prove you have right of abode in the UK
Having right of abode means you’re allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:
All British citizens automatically have right of abode in the UK.
Some Commonwealth citizens may also have right of abode.
You can prove you have right of abode if you have a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or British subject with right of abode.
Otherwise you need to apply for a ‘certificate of entitlement’.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
If you’re part of the ‘Windrush generation’ (also known as ‘Windrush cases’), there’s a different way to prove your right to live in the UK.
You may have right of abode in the UK either because of your parents or because you are or were married to someone with right of abode.
You have right of abode if all the following apply:
You can only get right to abode through marriage if you’re a female Commonwealth citizen.
You must have:
You usually will not have right of abode if the person you were married to has another living wife or widow who:
However, you may still have right of abode if:
You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to prove you have right of abode in the UK. It goes in your passport.
You need to apply for a new certificate when your passport expires.
How you apply for a certificate of entitlement depends on whether you’re inside or outside the UK.
You cannot get a certificate if you already have a British passport or a valid certificate of entitlement in another foreign passport.
A certificate of entitlement costs £372 in the UK.
Read the guidance to check you can apply.
Fill in the form online. You’ll usually be able to keep your documents while your application is being processed.
You can also apply in other ways.
You can get help with completing the online form if you:
You can only use this service if you’re applying in the UK.
You cannot get immigration advice through this service.
If you are not in the UK, or you live in a British overseas territory, you must apply online.
A certificate of entitlement costs £388 outside the UK.
You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.
To apply from North Korea you must:
Your application fee will not be refunded if your application is refused because you do not qualify for right of abode or you do not send in enough evidence to support your claim.
You’ll be told how you can appeal if your application is rejected.
You will not have a right of appeal if your rejected application was received on or after 6 April 2015.
If you made your application in the UK, you can apply to have your application reconsidered if you think UKVI did not make the decision in line with the law or their policy.