If you, or your family members were resident in the UK before 31st December and fall into the below categories, you should ensure you apply before 30 June 2021.
Very long-term residents, who might think that they do not need to apply. This includes the estimated 139,000 non-Irish EU citizens who arrived more than 30 years previously.
People with permanent residence that are not yet UK citizens.
Children of EU citizens who mistakenly believe that their UK-born children are automatically UK citizens and do not apply on their behalf.
People who have been rejected for permanent residency or who were previously ineligible. Although they may believe they are ineligible, the criteria to obtain status under the EUSS has been made less restrictive.
People with criminal records or have been removed in the past might be reluctant to apply due to fear of being refused status or being unaware of the scheme.
People without good social networks might be unaware of the EUSS or likely to miss the deadline to apply.
EU citizens born outside the EU could be unaware of the EUSS and that they need to apply.
People who are expecting to return homemay believe that they do not need to apply because they are expecting to return home before 30 June 2021.
People lacking identity evidencemay have difficulty demonstrating their nationality.
People lacking evidence of their relationship to a qualifying EU citizen. Non-EU family members need to show that they are in a relationship with a qualifying person, which makes the burden of proof higher for this group.
People who have arrived shortly before the cut-off date for eligibility. People who arrive just before the cut-off date (31 December 2020) may not have bank accounts, leases, or potentially verifiable informal activity such as membership of clubs or contracts for services. Nonetheless, a used travel ticket confirming travel to the UK might still be considered valid evidence to show eligibility to the scheme.