The deadline for applying for the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021. And at the time of writing, the government does not plan to extend that date.
The EU Settlement Scheme applies to all EEA (all EU citizens and those from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Swiss citizens and their families living in the UK before 1st January 2021 and seeking to remain in the UK. It is very important that you complete and submit your application before the 30th June to maintain your entitlements and status.
While the government is encouraging people to apply online and using the app EU Exit: ID Document Check, to confirm your identity, you can also apply by post. As the 30th June deadline approaches, it may be worth considering sending postal applications by registered post to demonstrate the date of submission.
The application needs to include a form of valid official identification (i.e. passport or national identity card) and proof of residency in the UK. The form is relatively simple but, like all applications, can appear confusing, particularly if you are not yet fully versed in reading English. Don’t let this delay you completing your application – if you need help, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. You can also contact your embassy for advice or guidance.
Once your application has been processed, you will be entitled to either settled or pre-settled status. The rights of either status are similar, though there may be qualifiers regarding bringing family members into the UK permanently depending on your initial assigned status; however, both will entitle you to:
- work in the UK
- use the NHS for free, if you can at the moment
- enrol in education or study in the UK
- access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
- travel in and out of the UK
All indications are that the Home Office intends to approve most applications unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as the applicant having a history of serious or persistent crimes or posing a security threat to the UK.
In addition to the government site, other associations can give free guidance on every step of the EU Settlement process. Your first point of call should be the official UK government website which will explain all elements of the process, including the necessary documentation.
- Citizens Advice
- Contact list for Foreign Embassies in the UK
- Advice for students
- Frequently asked questions
If you use any other third party association, please check that any advice you receive is free of charge, as there are firms who offer assistance in processing application but who will charge you for their services.
And finally, start your application today, if you have not already done so. Remember the deadline is 30th June.