I have had many people approach me asking what will happen and the procedure once we leave the EU
Posted October 10,2018 in News and Politics.
EU migrant workers living in the UK and Brexit
Don’t panic, you can continue to live and work in the UK…
EU citizens living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 will be able to continue to live and work in the UK. You and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 2020.
To secure their rights, EU citizens will need to go through a simple digital application process which will confirm their status in the UK for as long as they want to stay. The scheme will open in March 2019 you will not be able to apply before and applications can be made up until 30 June 2021.
The agreement reached with the EU extends the citizen's rights protections to include EU citizens and their families arriving in the UK during the implementation period (30 June 2019 - 31 December 2020). This ensures that those planning to come to the UK after March 2019 know what the arrangements will be.
The government is making the application process as quick and user-friendly as possible. Existing government data will be used to reduce the amount of evidence EU citizens will need to provide.
The application process will check three basic principles – identity, UK residence and criminal convictions.
EU citizens will need to:
EU citizens will not have to:
If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 2020.
You will not need to apply if:
However, your family members from outside the UK and Ireland will need to apply.
When you can apply
The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by March 2019.
The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021. You may be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.
Sign up for email updates to find out when the scheme opens.
The fee to apply will be:
It’ll be free to apply if:
What settled and pre-settled status means
Getting settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020.
If you get settled status
You should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.
How long you can live outside the UK is still subject to approval by Parliament.
If you have children in the future
Any children born in the UK after you’ve got settled status will automatically be British citizens.
Your rights with settled or pre-settled status
Settled or pre-settled status will mean you can:
Viewing and proving your status
You’ll be able to get proof of your status through an online service. You will not get a physical document unless both of the following apply:
Who should apply
To be eligible for settled status, you’ll usually need to:
If you’ve lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you’ll generally be eligible for ‘pre-settled status’ instead.
You’ll need to apply even if you’re an EU citizen married to a British citizen.
Continuous residence means you’ve been in the UK for at least 6 months in each of the last 5 years, except for:
If you will not have 5 years’ continuous residence when you apply
You’ll generally get ‘pre-settled status’ instead.
This means you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status. Once you have 5 years’ continuous residence you can apply for settled status.
You can get settled status in less than 5 years in certain situations.
If you’re from outside the EU
You must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as their:
You can also be related to an EU citizen, their spouse or civil partner as their:
If you have a valid permanent residence document
Your permanent residence document will not be valid after 31 December 2020.
You can change your permanent residence document for settled status by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will not have to pay or prove you have 5 years’ continuous residence.
Settled status if you're under 21
You can apply for settled or pre-settled status if you’re under 21 and either:
You can either:
If your parent is eligible for settled status
You’ll be eligible for settled status once your parent has settled status, even if:
If your parent is not eligible for settled status
You do not currently need to apply for a document to prove you can live in the UK unless:
If you’re an EU citizen you and your family will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living here after June 2021. You’ll need to have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021 to apply to the scheme when it opens.
You will still need to apply for settled status even if you have a registration certificate or permanent residence document.
More details can be obtain from: