EU Settlement Scheme

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

For EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who intend to continue living in the UK after the 30th of June 2021. Once the application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you will be granted settled or pre – settled status. If you have an indefinite leave to remain or stay, you may be able to remain  in the UK without needing to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Visit the government website for more information.

Deadlines 

  • Eligible applicants, who are in the UK before the 31st December 2020 have until 30th June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. But,if you need to apply, please do so as soon as possible.

For any help, please contact us. 

Who must apply?

  • An EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen
  • Those with a  family member who is an EU, EEA or swiss citizen and you are not.
  • Those who were born in the UK but are not British citizens.
  • Those with a UK Permanent Residence document.

Advantages of the EU Settlement Scheme. 

  • Have the continued right to live and work in the UK after the deadline (30.06.2021) as you will be given either settled or pre settled status.

What is settled status? 

Settled status is awarded to those who have lived in the UK for a continuous 5 years and allows the applicant to stay in the uk indefinitely.  This means that you have lived in the UK, Isle of Man or channel islands for a continuous 5 year period. Under this status , you have the right to use the NHS, work , study in the UK, access public benefits and pensions and freely travel in and out of the UK.

If you are awarded settled status, you can apply for a British citizenship.

What is pre-settled status?

This status under the EU Settlement Scheme applies to those who have not lived continuously in the UK for 5 years. To be eligible for the pre-settled status, you must prove that you were in the UK before the 31st of December 2020 and that you have lived in the UK for 6 months.

The pre-settled status will allow you to stay in the UK for 5 more years, at which point you may be able to apply for settled status before your pre -settled status expires. Under pre-settled status, you have the right to live, study, work and claim the NHS. You do not however, have the right to access pensions or benefits. 

Family members 

To bring family members to the UK, they can also apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if the following applies.

  • You are a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • By the 31st of December 2020, you lived in the UK.
  • Your relationship with that family member began before the 31st of December 2020.
  • That relationship is still close.

Documents needed for family members

  • If the family member Is from the EEA, EU or Switzerland, they need a valid passport or identity card.
  • If not, then they will need either a permanent residence card, derivative residence card or any other applicable UK document.

Family members who do not have these requirements can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit 

For more specific information click here 

How can we help?

We are a niche immigration law firm that specialises in this area of law. Our team of specialist immigration lawyers can assist you with the entire process. From advising you on the appropriate documents to gather in support of your application to liaising with the Home Office until a final decision is made, we will retain our focus on your case to ensure no detail is overlooked. Contact us now.

Main source – Home office website 

 

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