The Home Office has provided clarification on the post-Brexit immigration status of EU nationals. Those who on 29 March 2019 have been living in the UK for at least 5 continuous years can apply for settled status, under a new "Settled Status System", allowing them to stay free of restrictions.
However, EU nationals who have been residing in the UK as a ‘qualifying person’ (usually by working and/or studying here) continuously for at least five years will already have permanent residence status in the UK and can apply for a document certifying this. Our view continues to be that anyone who already qualifies for a permanent residence document should apply for one now to protect their immigration status. They will then be able to 'upgrade' their permanent residence document free of charge to a settled status document in due course. It makes sense to get ahead of the game, rather than waiting to apply for settled status alongside the millions of other EU nationals in the UK when the time comes. It is also worth bearing in mind that the government has suggested that once the settled status route opens (now expected to be late 2018), EU nationals will no longer be able to apply for permanent residence status and so it is important to act now!
See our blog for further information.
If you’d like to discuss why EU nationals should apply for a permanent residence document or any other immigration or visa issues please give me a call on 0207 329 9090 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People who, by 31 December 2020, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’..... People who arrive by 31 December 2020, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status. Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 31 December 2020 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK. Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020.