What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme is compulsory for EU nationals and will allow them and their families to live and work in the UK after Brexit.
Those who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years will need to apply for Pre-Settled Status, whereas those who’ve been here longer than 5 years can request Settled Status. Pre-Settled Status will enable applicants to stay here for another 5 years and they can then apply for Settled Status.
THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A FEE FOR THIS PROCESS Each adult application will cost £65 (children £32.50) and the received status will provide access to public services, funds and pensions in the UK.
The scheme will be fully operational by the end of March 2019 when the details are due to have been approved by Parliament. The deadline for applications from EU citizens and their families is 30th June 2021, so there’s no hurry!
It’ll be an online application process and there’ll be support on the phone or in person for people who don’t have access to a computer or need help with translation. Applicants will need to:
If they’re successful they can see proof of their status online, but they won’t receive a document. If their application doesn’t get the go ahead, they can appeal the decision or apply again.
Those who cannot use the online system can apply in person and provide documents to support an application.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the Goverment’s default position will be to grant the statuses within two weeks of the application being received.
Visit the Brexit Decoded Forum to connect with other people who’ll need to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status.