Update on the EU Settlement Scheme

There have been reports in media and on social media regarding the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK after we leave the European Union.

Some inaccurate reporting has suggested that, once freedom of movement ends after Brexit, EU citizens resident in the UK will be left in “legal limbo”.

However, EU citizens and their families are welcome to stay and there are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

This scheme covers all EU citizens and their families living in the UK by 31 October, and EU citizens have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Here is a short explainer:

What is happening? Is freedom of movement ending on October 31?

We are leaving the EU on 31 October come what may. This will mean that freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on 31 October when the UK leaves the EU.

What does this mean? Will EU citizens still be able to come here on holiday?

EU citizens will still be able to come to the UK on holiday and for short trips, but what will change is the arrangements for people coming to the UK for longer periods of time and for work and study. Details of other changes immediately after 31 October and improvements to the previous government’s plans for a new immigration system are being developed.

When is the new immigration system going to be in place?

Details of other changes immediately after 31 October and improvements to the previous government’s plans for a new immigration system are being developed and the government will set out its plans shortly.

The Prime Minister has been clear that he wants to introduce an Australian style points-based immigration system. The Home Secretary is commissioning the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to examine this.

We will take back control of our borders while welcoming the talented and hardworking people that the British economy needs.

Doesn’t this create great uncertainty for EU citizens?

The Prime Minister has made it clear that all EU citizens resident here by 31 October will be welcome to stay and they are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.

More than one million people have already been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, meaning that their rights are enshrined in law.

This scheme covers all EU citizens and their families living in the UK by 31 October.

How do you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme makes it easy for EU citizens and their family members who want to stay in the UK to get the UK immigration status they need.

It’s free and they only need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.

The easiest way to apply is online. EU citizens have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Source Gov.uk 22-08-2019

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