Family members who are living with, or join, Swiss citizens in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 can also apply for settled or pre-settled status. Please note that they can do so only if they started living in the UK prior to 31 December 2020.
However, family members who have not been living in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 are entitled to join a Swiss citizen living in the UK, who has been granted pre-settled or settled status, anytime in the near future, provided the relationship existed before that date and still exists. If they are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, they can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) from outside the UK if they hold either a valid passport or an identity card with a biometric chip.
Children born or adopted after 31 December 2020 will also have their rights protected. An application for settled status (as a joining family member) needs to be made on their behalf within three months of their birth.
Spouses, civil or unmarried partners may join their partner in the UK until 31 December 2025 if the relationship began by 31 December 2020 and still exists when applying.
Family members do not need to be from Switzerland or the EU to be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status; they can come from anywhere in the world.
For the purposes of the settlement scheme, family members are defined as:
- Those who are in a relationship with a Swiss national as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (unmarried partners will need a residence card to prove the relationship)
- Those who are related to a Swiss national, their spouse or civil partner as their:
o child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
o dependent child over the age of 21
o dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
o dependent relative with a residence card to prove the relationship
For questions relating to your personal situation, please contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre.
How to contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre
Joining a family member
Applying for a family permit
Further information from the UK Home Office
Further information from Mayor of London/London Assembly