Latest Home Office data indicates that over 5 million applications have now been made to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The EU Settlement Scheme is open to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who have been living in the UK by 23:00 GMT on 31 December 2020, along with their qualifying family members both in and outside of the UK.
It is crucial to note that qualifying EU, EEA and Swiss citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to regularise their UK immigration status no later than 30 June 2021. This applies even to those qualifying citizens who have lived in the UK for many years or who already hold an ‘old-style’ permanent residence document issued under previous regulations. Failure to meet the EU Settlement Scheme application deadline later this summer could have serious consequences, resulting in losing the right to lawfully live and work in the UK. To quote Kevin Foster, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, “my message to European citizens and their family members is clear – apply now”.
Gherson has a wealth of experience in all aspects of UK immigration law and has assisted many clients with their applications under the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme. If you have any specific questions or queries in respect of your particular circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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