People urged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme as the deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 21 January 2020)

What is the EU Settlement scheme?

The purpose of the EU Settlement scheme is to grant EU, non-EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (and their eligible family members), the ability to protect their residence in the UK once the transition period has ended. This applies to those already living in the UK before the end of the transition period.

Who can apply for the EU Settlement scheme?

Any EU, EEA or Swiss citizen (and eligible family member) can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. Family members of eligible persons of Northern Ireland can also apply. If successful, ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status will be granted.

How long does the EU Settlement scheme take?

Applications for the EU settlement scheme usually take around 5 working days to be processed, but in some instances, it can take up to one month. If more information is requested, the application may take longer than a month.

When is the deadline for the EU Settlement scheme?

As the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement scheme is 30 June 2021, eligible applicants are urged to apply now to secure their legal right to stay in the UK. Here are some key facts:

  • As of 31 December 2020, there have been almost 4.9 million applications to the EU Settlement scheme
  • This includes:
    • 4 million applications from England
    • 243,600 from Scotland
    • 700 from Wales
    • 500 from Northern Ireland
    • In December 2020 alone, there were 402,400 new applicants

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

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