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What is The EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is a scheme that allows EU, EEA or Swiss nationals to continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021. Once an application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you will be granted settled or pre – settled status (see our FAQs below for further information). If you have indefinite leave to enter or remain, are an Irish Citizen already in the UK, or have a Frontier Worker permit, you may be able to stay in the UK without needing to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
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Deadlines, Requirements and Eligibility
- Eligible applicants, who are already in the UK before 31st December 2020 had until 30th June 2021 to apply to the EUSS
- Although the deadline has now passed, you may still apply for the EUSS if you or your family are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and were living in the UK before 31st December 2020.
- You must also either:
- meet one of the criteria for a later deadline to apply or,
- have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying before 30th June 2021 (see our FAQs below).
You may also be able to apply if you are the family member of an eligible person from Northern Ireland.
If you have pre-settled status and want to apply for settled status, you can also still apply. You must ensure that you do this before your pre-settled status expires.
You can make an application to the EUSS online and it is free to apply.
For information on the documents required for an application, see our page titled ‘Should I apply for Settled Status?’
You can bring family members to the UK under the EUSS if the following applies:
- You have pre-settled or settled status
- You lived in the UK before 31st December 2020
- Your relationship with that family member began before 31st December 2020 – unless you’re a Swiss citizen or the family member is a child born after 31st December 2020
- The relationship is still close.
Documents Required 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
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How Can NA Law Solicitors 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 that no detail is overlooked. Contact us now.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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 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 use the NHS. You do not, however, have the right to access pensions or benefits.
Settled status is awarded to those who have lived in the UK for a continuous 5 year period and allows the applicant to stay in the UK indefinitely. This means that you must 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.
If you’re joining a family member who was living in the UK by 31st December 2020, your deadline will be based on when you arrive in the UK, as long as:
- You were their family member by 31st December 2020 (this does not apply to children born or adopted after this date)
- The family relationship still exists when you apply.
You can also apply if you can show ‘reasonable grounds’ (such as medical reasons or being the victim of domestic abuse) for why you did not apply by 30th June 2021.
For a comprehensive list of what constitutes ‘reasonable grounds’ for making a late application, see the following link – Check if you can still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
You will need to provide evidence regarding your reason for missing the deadline.