The draft Withdrawal Agreement published in March 2018, set out that EU nationals and their family members residing in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be able to continue to live and work in the UK permanently.
The UK Government have developed a scheme for EU nationals to apply for residence that will be rolled out on a trial basis in the autumn and be fully operational by March 2019.
Although EU nationals do not need to do anything right now, the Home Office has since published a Statement of intent – giving us more detail on what the scheme will look like.
Who can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme?
EU nationals and their family members resident in the UK before the end of the ‘implementation period’ on 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Which scheme do they apply for?
You will have the choice of two schemes, depending on how long you have been resident in the UK. These are the ‘settled status’ and ‘pre-settled status’ scheme.
- If you have lived in the UK continuously for five years you can apply for settled status. This will enable you to stay indefinitely.
- If you have not completed 5 years continuous residence you can apply for pre-settled status. This status will be granted under UK domestic immigration law.
You and your family members with either status will have the same access as you currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK.
What does the EU Settlement scheme involve?
You will need to complete three sections to:
- prove your identity
- show that you live here
- declare that you have no serious criminal convictions.
How much does it cost?
- £65 for adults
- £32.50 for children under 16.
If you already have valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation will not have to pay a fee. The deadline to submit applications is the 30 June 2021.