Updates to EU Settlement Scheme

16 Nov 2023, 53 mins ago

In recent months, Parliament has introduced many updates to the EU Settlement Scheme. In this blog, we will discuss the most important announcements that affect EU nationals.

2-Year Extension

From September 2023, people with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will have their status automatically extended by 2 years, if they have not been granted settled status. This means that if you are an EU national living in the UK under the EUSS scheme (pre-settled status), you will not lose your immigration status despite not applying for settled status, subject to meeting the requirements. Additionally, in 2024 the Home Office aims to initiate quick checks in respect of pre-settled status holders to establish the length of time they have been resident in the UK, as well as their eligibility under other requirements. If such pre-settled status holders are found eligible, their status will automatically be converted into settled status. The Under Secretary of State for Migration and Borders, Lord Murray, has emphasised the possibility of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens making a “hugely valued contribution to British society” by avoiding the loss of their immigration status simply because they are yet to apply for settled status.

Administrative Review

Administrative Review is a mechanism for challenging Home Office decisions, which involves an internal review process of the Home Office. The Home Office has limited the ability of applicants to challenge unsuccessful applications for pre-settled and settled statuses. As such, from 5 October 2023, most negative decisions on pre-settled and settled statuses cannot be challenged using the administrative review process. Instead, applicants who believe that there has been an error in the consideration of their applications should appeal to the First-tier Tribunal under the Immigration (Citizens’ Rights Appeals) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. For more details on how to do this, please contact Gherson LLP.

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