Immigration status: an introduction for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
This guide is for you if you have:
- applied to the EU Settlement Scheme
- successfully applied for a UK visa (including permission to stay) using the ID Check app or by visiting a Visa Application Centre or Service and Support Centre
The UK’s immigration system is changing and so is how you prove your rights in the UK. It is becoming digital by default.
You will have created a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account when you applied for a visa using the ID Check app, or to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will use your UKVI account credentials to sign in to the online View and Prove service on GOV.UK, where you can access your online immigration information – this is called an eVisa.
You will receive written notification of your immigration status, normally via email, if your application is successful. The written notification cannot be used as evidence of the right to work and access services, but you should retain it as confirmation for your own records, or for use when contacting the Home Office. This written notification will also tell you if you can use the View and Prove service.
There are some circumstances where an applicant cannot currently create a UKVI account. If this applies to you and you are given, or continue to hold, a physical document, for example a biometric residence card (BRC) or biometric residence permit (BRP), you will still be able to use some online services to evidence your rights, rather than having to rely on your physical documents. You can choose to use the online right to work service to prove your right to work in the UK to an employer. You can also use the online right to rent service to prove your right to rent in England.
In the future, everyone will be able to register for a UKVI account which will also allow them to access the View and Prove service. Details on how to register for an account where you don’t already have one will be available on GOV.UK in due course.
How to prove your immigration status
As an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will now prove your rights in the UK digitally, by using the View and Prove service on GOV.UK to generate a share code, instead of using physical documents. If you are a non-EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member and you have a UKVI account, you can also use the View and Prove service. If you do not have an account, you can prove your right to work or rent using the online services, or you can use your valid BRC/P.
If you made an application to the EU Settlement Scheme on or before 30 June 2021 and have not yet been granted status, you can continue to live in the UK and maintain your rights until your application is finally determined. This includes pending the outcome of any administrative review or appeal against a decision to refuse status.
If you have an outstanding application to the EU Settlement Scheme
You will receive an acknowledgment once your application to the EU Settlement Scheme has been received, which will explain how you can prove your rights until your application is validated.
Once your application is validated, you will receive a certificate of application, which you can use to prove your rights. If you have been notified that you have a digital certificate of application, you are able to use the View and Prove service.
How to access the View and Prove service
If you have a UKVI account, you will have access to the View and Prove service which allows you to view the details of your eVisa, along with other services.
To sign in to view your eVisa, you’ll need:
- details of the identity document you used when you last applied (your passport, national identity card, or BRC/P)
- your date of birth
- access to the mobile number or email address you used when you last applied – you will then be sent a code for signing in
If you have updated your identity document or sign in details in your account since you last applied, you must use the updated details to sign in.
You can view your eVisa on any device, such as a mobile, tablet or laptop.
Signing into the View and Prove service allows you to:
- view your eVisa and check what rights you have in the UK, for example the right to work or claim benefits
- prove your status to others, such as employers, landlords or education providers, by generating a ‘share code’ which gives them time limited access to relevant data
- update some of your personal details, for example your passport number or email address
If you have not already done so, you should check that you can access the View and Prove service and that the information in it is correct. If any of the details are incorrect then you should contact the UKVI Resolution Centre.
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