EEA nationals and their family member(s) who have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years are able to apply for settled status, officially called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), under the EU Settlement Scheme. They are not required to have worked in the UK, and there is no requirement for them to hold comprehensive sickness insurance. You will, however, be required to demonstrate that you have been living in the UK for a period of 5 continuous years.
EEA nationals and their family member(s) who have not been in the UK for a continuous period of five years will be granted pre-settled status (also known as limited leave to remain). This can be converted to ILR after five years. You will need to demonstrate that you are in the UK.
Applications under the EU Settlement Scheme can take approximately five working days. However, where information is missing, it can take significantly longer.
From 1 January 2021, EEA and EU citizens with Settled Status will be able to bring close family members to the UK if their relationship began before 31 December 2020 and is still continuing. Extended family members will not be able to utilise this route unless they already hold a residence card or family permit. If you applied for a residence card or family permit before 1 January 2021, you will be able to apply for pre-settled/settled status once you have received your card or permit
The deadline to apply for pre-settled status and settled status is 30 June 2021.
Applications for British Citizenship can usually be submitted after Settled Status has been held for 12 months and other requirements have been met. You will need to meet the statutory criteria relating to your status, length of residence in the UK, knowledge of the English language, life in the UK test and good character.