“Settled Status” for EU citizens
The government has published new details on the rollout of the new “Settled Status” for EU citizens.
This is the scheme which will allow EU citizens (including those from the EEA member states and Switzerland) and their families to secure their residence in the UK post Brexit.
The scheme is being launched on a pilot voluntary basis for EU students and staff at 3 Liverpool universities, and workers at 12 NHS Trusts in the North West of England. This is scheduled to commence on 28 August 2018.
Settled Status will involve showing residence in the UK for 5 years. This is a marked difference from the current EEA permanent residence process which involves showing the exercise of EU Treaty Rights (such as working, self-employment, studying, self-sufficiency) for 5 years.
Once introduced, Settled Status will be available to all EU citizens and their families who have lived in the UK for 5 years. Those who have lived in the UK for 5 years can apply for “Temporary Status” to give them further time to secure the 5 years for Settled Status.
More information on Settled Status can be found here;