What is the EU Settlement scheme?
The Uk is set to leave the EU on 31st October 2019. As we prepare for this we understand things may seem confusing so we have put together some information to help you understand what it means for you and what steps you may need to take.
If you are an EU Citizen, you and your family need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK, if you want to stay in the UK beyond 31st December 2020.
The EU Settlement Scheme will allow you and your family to continue to live, study and work in the UK. It means you continue to be eligible for:
– public services, such as healthcare and schools
– public funds and pensions
– British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply
To get your new immigration status, you need to fill in a short online application form using a computer, tablet or mobile phone – see more details below.
The EU Settlement Scheme is open and you have until 30th June 2021 to apply. If the UK leave the EU without a deal this will be brought forward to 31st December 2020.
Successful applicants will get digital proof of their status through an online service. You may be granted either pre-settled status or settled status depending on how long you have been resident in the UK.
Pre-settled Status – If you have been a resident for less than five years you will be eligible for pre-settled status. If you receive pre-settled status (also known as limited leave to remain) this means you can stay in the UK for a period of five years.
Settled Status – If you have been resident in the UK for more than five continuous years you will be eligible for settled status. If you receive settled status (also known as indefinite leave to remain) this means there is no time limit on how long you can stay in the UK.
If you need to apply and don’t, you will be classed as an ‘over stayer’ and will no longer be eligible to live or work in the UK.