EU Settlement Scheme – Deadline Approaches
As the end date of 31 December 2020 approaches for the UK’s transition period with the EU, it is important that EU citizens and family members in the UK are aware of the steps they need to take to secure their residence in the UK.
The EU Settlement Scheme has been in operation in one form or another since 2018 and has seen millions of successful applications.
The Scheme will issue applicants either with “Settled Status” (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or “Pre-Settled Status”.
Settled Status is for those who can show 5 years residence and Pre-Settled Status is for those who do not have 5 years continuous residence.
EU citizens or their family members will need to have been resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 to be able to apply under the Scheme. Such applications need to be submitted by the deadline of 30 June 2021.
EU citizens can still sponsor family members to come to the UK in the future as long as the relationship was in place by 31 December 2020 – for instance that you were married by that date.
Many EU citizens and their family members will be in possession of documents issued in the UK under the EEA Regulations. This includes those with EEA Family Permits, Registration Certificates, Residence Cards and Permanent Residence cards.
It is vital to understand that the holders of those documents should now be looking to change to Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status.
For instance, the spouse of an EU citizen may have a 5-year EEA Residence Card valid to 2023 but they now need to look at changing their status and applying under the EU Settlement Scheme.
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