The UK Government has reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on citizens’ rights (the Scheme), ahead of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019, deal or no deal. An ‘implementation period’ is current running up until 30 June 2021.
Importantly, the rights of EU citizens and their families living in the UK will not change until 30 June 2021. Until this date, EU citizens will continue to be able to come and live and work in the UK with their family members and access public funds and services as they do now, without hindrance.
EU citizens and their family members (who may not be EU Nationals) who are living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by the date the UK leaves the EU without a deal) will then have until 30 June 2021 (31 December 2020 in the case of a no deal) to make an application for ‘settled status’ or ‘pre settled status’ under the Scheme. If an EU citizen is not resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by the date the UK leaves the EU without a deal), they will not be eligible to apply for settled status under the Scheme. From 1 July 2021, EU citizens and their non EU family members in the UK must hold or have applied for UK immigration status to be able to remain here legally.
Obtaining either ’settled status’ or ’pre settled status’ under the Scheme means EU nationals and their family members will be able continue to live and work in the UK as they can now. It will mean they will continue to be eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions and ultimately, if they meet the requirements, to apply for British citizenship.
If you require assistance in applying for settled status, pre-settled status or a residence card then please contact either George Curie or Dhruti Thakrar who would be happy to provide you with an estimate of our fees depending on the level of assistance you need.