EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond June 30 2021 and where claimants are eligible, they’ll be awarded re-settled or settled status. This will be crucial for European workers as both of these statuses allow access to various state and employment benefits.
The scheme has proven to be immensely popular, as in February the Home Office announced it had hit the milestone of five million applications for the scheme, four months ahead of the June deadline.
At the time, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary welcomed the news.
She said: “It is fantastic news that over five million people have applied to the hugely successful EU Settlement Scheme.
“It’s the biggest scheme of its kind in UK history and will mean European citizens and their families can continue to call the UK home.”
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“Any EEA citizen encountered by Immigration Enforcement after June 30 2021, who may be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, will be issued with a notice which provides a further 28 days for the individual to submit their application.
“Further information will be provided to employers shortly about what they should do if they have an employee who finds themself in this situation.
“Each individual case will be considered on its own merits.”
Eligible claimants can apply for the scheme on the Government’s website and this can be done using any device.
Once a claimant has applied, they’ll be sent a letter confirming if they’ve been awarded settled or pre-settled status.
Should an application be unsuccessful, claimants will be able to apply again and provide additional evidence at any time before June 30 2021.
Those awarded pre-settled stats will need to live in the UK for five years in a row before they can apply for settled status.
Once a claimant has had settled status for at least 12 months, they’ll usually be able to apply for full citizenship.