The UK officially left the EU on 1 January 2021. From that date onwards, the UK’s new points-based system launched – this meant any new arrival EU nationals and their dependants would be subject to the UK’s new immigration rules.

However, as part of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK agreed to protect the rights of all EU/EEA citizens who were residing in the UK by 31 December 2020. The scheme introduced was the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). All EU/EEA citizens and their dependants that were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, had until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EUSS in order to evidence their right to be in the UK and accordingly be granted an immigration status.

The Home Office has made provisions for individuals who did not apply by 30 June 2021 (but would have been eligible to apply) to make late applications to the EUSS. You will need to provide a reasonable explanation for making a late application to the scheme.

Our Immigration team are continuing to assist individuals with making a late application to the EUSS subject to meeting the requirement. If you or a family member are concerned you may be eligible to apply to the scheme but have not done so already, you can contact our Immigration team for further advice and assistance.

Contact our Immigration Team
telephone: 020 7691 4000
or email: enquiries@edwincoe.com

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EU Settlement Scheme applications

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.

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