29th March 2019
Applicants, including family members, who have lived in the UK for the past five years, will be able to request settled status under the scheme, with those arriving before 31 December 2020 eligible to apply for pre-settled status. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
While the Government has confirmed that the scheme is not dependent on a wider withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU, leaving without a deal will move the goal posts. In a no-deal scenario, only those living in the UK before 29 March 2019 would be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status, and would need to apply by 31 December 2020.
Now is the time for individuals and families affected by the new immigration rules to consider which steps to take in order to protect their right to live and work in the UK. Equally, employers should consider how the rules will impact their business and how they can assist their employees.
Why apply for settled status
It is vital that those wishing to continue to live, study, work and access benefits in in the same way they do now, apply for settled or pre-settled status. The good news is that the Home Office has made the application process simple and user friendly and has scrapped the controversial application fee.
Online Right to Work Checking Service
It has been confirmed by the Government that EU, EEA and Swiss passports and national identity cards will continue to be acceptable proof of the right to work in the UK for the time being. The online Right to Work Checking Service can also be used, but is voluntary and only open to non-EEA nationals who hold a biometric residence permit (or card) and those registered under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Are your employees up to date?
If EU citizens make up a portion of your workforce, it could be in your business’ interest to ensure all staff are fully briefed on the EU Settlement Scheme. This week, Thrings held at interactive session with 25 employees from longstanding client, Lucknam Park.