Research by the Social Market Foundation has shown that the EU Settlement Scheme is still unknown and poorly understood by migrants. Their research shows that a massive 40% of EU migrants who intend to stay in the UK after the cut-off point are unaware of the EU Settlement Scheme!
- EU citizens who intend to stay in the UK have to be settled in the UK by 23h00 on 31 December 2020. This rule means that by this date, they have to be habitually living in the UK, or that they are in the UK and intend to reside and make the UK their main home.
- The EU Settlement Scheme is applicable to all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their dependents.
- The EU Settlement scheme allows a person and his/her family members to reach the immigration status they need to continue to live, work and study in the UK.
- If you register under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be eligible for public services such as healthcare and schools, public funds, and pensions. A person with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will also eventually be able to apply for British citizenship, once they meet all the requirements.
- You will have time to register under the EU Settlement Scheme to stay until 31 June 2021, BUT you have to be settled in the UK by 31 December 2020.
- It is possible to apply for pre-settled status if you have been in the UK for less than five years. Once you reach your five years residence in the UK, you will be able to apply for settlement.
- You can apply for settled status if you have been settled in the UK for longer than five years.
- A person with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will eventually be able to apply for British citizenship, once they meet all the requirements.
- EU Citizens not settled in the UK by the deadline, have to apply for a visa or permit to live and work in the UK. After the end of free movement on 31 December 2020, they will be treated like other non-EU citizens.
- Persons in the UK under the Surinder Singh route, or who wish to make use of this immigration route have to speak to their Breytenbachs consultant, as there are specific deadlines pertaining to the EU Settlement Scheme. (https://bic-immigration.com/uk-immigration/eea-family-permit/)
Breytenbachs and the EU Settlement Scheme
Breytenbachs strongly recommend that EU citizens register sooner rather than later. Breytenbachs have a dedicated team dealing with the EU Settlement Scheme. For more information, or for assistance to apply, please send your email to EUSettlement@bic-immigration.com or visit our website at www.bic-immigration.com
Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes, without giving any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.