Settled Status for EU Citizens
There is no doubt great uncertainty around Brexit; this uncertainty has encapsulated many EU Citizens living and working in the United Kingdom, as it was proposed that they have to apply to regularise their status in the United Kingdom. This is known as Settled Status. Settles status applications have now been fully open to all EU/EEA/Swiss nationals.
The Home Office are promoting the Settled Status applications to be “quick and easy”. EU nationals are expected to apply for settled status prior to the deadline of 30 June 2021.
What the Agreement entails (Quoting from the EU Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent 21 July 2018):
- EU citizens and their family members who, by 31 December 2020, have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible for “settled status” enabling them to stay indefinitely.
- EU citizens and their family members who arrive by 31 December 2020 but will not yet have been continuously resident here for five years, will be eligible for “pre-settled status”, enabling them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
- EU citizens and their family members with settled status or pre-settled status will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.
- Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent) living overseas will still be able to join an EU citizen resident here after the end of the implementation period, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020 and continues to exist when the person wishes to come to the UK. Future children are also protected.
Requirements to apply for Settled Status:
- This will be an online application with an option for a paper-based application
- Proof of identity and nationality (Passport, National ID)
- Enrol a facial image (Photograph)
- Prove 5 years Continuous Residence
- Criminal and security checks